Luke Barnes is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney.
He has published papers in the field of galaxy formation and on the fine-tuning of the universe for life. He has been invited to speak at the 2011 and 2015 St Thomas Summer Seminars in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, the University of California Summer School for the Philosophy of Cosmology, and numerous public lectures.
He is joint author of A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos (CUP 2016)
Description: Over the last 40 years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the universe had been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it – and life as we can imagine it – would be impossible. With small tweaks to the way the universe works, we can erase the periodic table, disintegrate particles and remove all traces of structure in the cosmos. The fine-tuning of the universe for life is a major unsolved problem in the world of physics; it is crying out for an explanation, and leads us to question many of our deepest ideas about how the cosmos works.