Cancer: The Beat of An Ancient Drum – Paul Davies

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
ISTB4 Marston Theatre 185
Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building IV
781 Terrace Road, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287
Free to Public
Vanessa Baack


In this lecture Paul Davies will bring a physicist’s perspective to bear on the subject of cancer, by asking the big questions: Why does cancer exist? What are its deep evolutionary origins? How does it relate to embryogenesis? He will outline a provocative new theory of cancer as an evolutionary throwback, and discuss its profound implications for novel forms of therapy aimed at targeting cancer’s weaknesses rather than its strengths.

About the Speaker
Paul Davies is Director of The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and Principal Investigator for the National Cancer Institute’s Center for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology, both at Arizona State University. He is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and astrobiologist with research experience ranging from the origin of the universe to the origin of life. He is noted for his work on the theory of quantum fields in curved spacetime, black holes, early-universe cosmology, the arrow of time, the nature of the laws of physics and the emergence of life in the universe.


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