[UCP Books]: The Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Solving the Mystery of Life by Paul Davies


Praise for the UK edition


“Wonderful. . . . Davies is a lucid writer and master storyteller. . . . This is a cracking read.”


“Important and imaginative.”
—Financial Times




“A dizzying tour de force.”
—Times Higher Education


“Fascinating. . . . A journey down a mind-blowing rabbit hole. . . . Brain-twisting.”
—Sydney Morning Herald


“Brilliantly vivid. . . . Elegant.”


“What the pop-sci reader ordered.”
—Physics World


“Davies searches for answers beyond the known.”
—New Scientist



The Demon in the Machine

How Hidden Webs of Information Are Solving the Mystery of Life

Paul Davies


US Publication Date: October 25, 2019
251 pages | 16 halftones | 6 x 9 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-66970-0 | Cloth $27.50



An inconvenient reality lies at the heart of modern science: despite dazzling advances in biology, nobody knows what life really is or how it started. The party line is that, for all its amazing properties, life can be explained by known physics and chemistry. But as celebrated theoretical physicist and popular science writer Paul Davies shows us in The Demon in the Machine, this reductive outlook could not be more wrong. Taking us to an interdisciplinary realm so new it has no name, Davies argues that an answer is at last in sight, bound up in the connective tissue that is information. As Davies reveals, while organized information may seem like just an abstract concept, its power heralds the next scientific revolution. Information is in fact the fuel that runs life—and will force us to fundamentally reconsider the nature of life itself.



Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, broadcaster, and bestselling author of more than twenty books. A winner of the prestigious Templeton Prize, he is Regents Professor of physics and director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University.

Please contact Nicholas Lilly at 773.702.7490 or nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.



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