Scientists have only just begun to understand how complexity and organization can emerge from featurelessness and chaos. Scientific research has shown how physical systems tend to generate new states of order spontaneously. Was the origin of life therefore the result of the natural outcome of cycles of self-organizing chemical reactions or a chance event? Is the way the universe is now in some sense predestined? Is there, in other words, a 'cosmic blueprint'? Paul Davies argues persuasively in favour of the idea of the creative universe, which recognizes the progressive, innovative character of physical processes, and suggests that the universe as a whole possesses a tendency to develop towards progressively higher levels of complex organization. Exhilarating and informative, The Cosmic Blueprint challenges both the concept of a dying universe and the reductionist view of the physical world as a meaningless collection of particles.