The symbiotic universe: life and mind in the cosmos

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William Morrow, 1988 - Science - 271 pages
Attempting to explain that human existence is utterly astonishing, Greenstein looks deep into the cosmos, examining the remarkable series of coincidences and unlikely circumstances our existence depends on. He suggests, by the theory of quantum mechanics, that human existence is the effect of a gigantic symbiosis. Photos, drawings, an index and glossary.

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Greenstein expounds upon physicist Brandon Carter's "Anthropic Principle,'' which argues that "if some feature of the natural world is required for our existence, then it must indeed be the case.'' He ... Read full review


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GEORGE GREENSTEIN is Professor of Astronomy at Amherst College and the author of The Symbiotic Universe and Frozen Star. He is the recipient of both the Phi Beta Kappa Award for science writing and the American Institute of Physics/U.S. Steel Award. His essays appear regularly in the American Scholar magazine.

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