This book is a boon to those of us who avoided science in school, who don't know the difference between particle physics and quantum physics and lately have regretted our youthful educational choices. I can understand the arguments in this book and so can any science-deprived humanist. That is not to say that the author is only a popularizer. Australian Professor Paul Davies has received many prizes, among them, the Michael Faraday Prize from the Royal Society and the 2001 Kelvin Medal and Prize from the UK Institute of Physics. In 1995 Davies received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion from the hand of Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace.
In this book, Davies explains "the arrow of time," complexity, and chaos with clarity (yes, he is clear about chaos) and his own hand-drawn graphs and drawings. He considers the arguments of reductionists, of quantum physicists, and others and builds his case that increasing complexity does not have to contradict the mechanics of particle physics any more than the soft ware in my computer contradicts the very different hardware that keeps it "wired." Both are necessary for the computer to work.
So why should a theologian read this book?
I have put on my "to read" list Paul Davies' latest book, The Origin of Life published in 2003.
The Cosmic Blueprint contains a Foreward by the author written for the 2004 edition, a comprehensive reading list and an index.