Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and astrobiologist. He is Regents’ Professor and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University, where he also runs a major cancer project. His research ranges from the origin of the universe to the origin of life and the nature of time. Davies has written about 30 books, many for the general public, the latest being "The Eerie Silence: are we alone in the universe?" He was recently described by Nature magazine as “The Disruptor” on account of his provocative scientific thinking.