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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent-A profound look past the dogmas of modern physics., September 30, 1998
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This review is from: The Anthropic Cosmological Principle (Oxford Paperbacks) (Paperback)
Two respected physicists take a chance with their professional reputations by presenting a text that is simultaneously lucid, brilliant, mathematically sound, and honest (gasp!). This is a work in both physics and biology. It centers around the "Anthropic Principle"-roughly, that our existence necessarily puts some constraints on the evolution of the universe. Indeed, as Barrow and Tipler elucidate, these restrictions can be signifigant. As someone privileged to study under the latter physicist, I can personally attest to the convinction with which Tipler adheres to his beliefs, in the face of contemporary animadversion. Most importantly though, underlying this whole work are some very important concerns about philosophy of science (although maybe the authors might reel back at the notion of any sort of "philosophy" in their work). Perhaps this is for you, the future reader, to determine. My highest recommendation.
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2011 10:38:26 AM PDT
MagnoliaJane says:
Haven't read it, but with this review, I definitely plan to do so.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 7:16:44 AM PST
Anonymous says:
"that our existence necessarily puts some constraints on the evolution of the universe"

Hilarious.

"very important concerns about philosophy of science"

Oh dear! Important concerns! Hilarious.
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