"Our location in the universe is necessarily privileged to the extent of being compatible with our existence as observers." Brandon Carter
Einstein on Cosmic Coincidences:
Albert Einstein vehemently disagreed with the idea of a "meaningless" unguided universe for his entire life, maintaining that there is an underlying structure that produces a guiding method to nature's madness, but he realized that this was just physics.
From the observation of cosmic coincidences, two main hypotheses have been suggested: a. An Ultimate Designer/Creator, b. An extraordinary coincidence. The implications of the cosmic coincidences are distinctly pointed in our favor, if the forces are strictly constrained to the observed universe as the only possible outcome of the big bang. The fact that there exists a third near-infinity alternative (c), of other 'Universes', in an overall 'Multiverse.' This alternative (c), preferred by author Rees in his book, "Just Six Numbers," leads to a modern ontological form, while (a) provides an argument from design.
Cosmologists use what they call the Copernican principle, that the universe looks exactly the same, whatever your position. We on earth do not have a privileged position. While Copernicus rejected the idea that the earth was the center of the universe, he accepted the idea that the sun was. The anthropic principle is supposed to limit the Copernican principle, which can be used to `explain,' or at least reduce or surprise at some of the more astonishing features of the cosmos. It does this by taking as basic that we are intelligent carbon based life forms, and then asking what is necessary in cosmological terms for the existence of such life forms. If the process of star formation, heavy element formation, supernova, solar system formation and evolution took 12 billion years, it is no surprise that the universe is as old as it is or as big as it is.([...])
An Anthropic Cosmology:
Astrophysicist Gribbin, "In Search of Schrodinger's Cat," and author of popular science books, now collaborates with Martin Rees, Hawkin's astronomy colleague at Cambridge university, for an examination of science's discoveries and views about the universe. After an informative introduction, the authors take you, in three integrated parts from 'Cosmic coincidences' opening, to 'The Bespoke Universe' conclusion, after a thorough examination of the stuff of the Universe. Starting with their "particle zoo," or subatomic activity, to quark nuggets, black holes, quasars, Cosmic string, arriving at 'A theory of Everything?' Their central topic, in this intriguing exploration of a grand design for the universe, is the perplexing question of dark matter. Throughout, their provocative search of the cosmic blueprint, they keep looking for evidence for the source of life in the universe.
A Keystone Proposition:
As articulate lecturers, of great universities tradition, aided with clarifying figures for the first two essays, in charts, flow diagrams and Escher graphics, from "onion skin" to a "quasar spectrum," they render an exhilarating tour of cosmic integration, shedding light on the grand questions of human existence. Their keystone proposition, leads to the more likely conclusion, that our carbon-based life was not arrived at coincidentally, but that the universe was "tailor made for man." Yet, the persuasive writers, and outstanding scientists own personal view of cosmic events, clearly supported argument render their compelling address an outstanding guideline for 'intelligent design' skeptics and advocates, alike.
"This is possibly the best book I have read about cosmology.-..the sensitive issue of "Anthropic Cosmology" which stresses on the fact that the universe is Taylor-made for man. This is really intriguing." (Reviewer: Angshuman Bezbaruah)