## Abstract

Modern scientific man has largely lost his sense of awe of the universe. He is confident that, given sufficient intelligence, perseverance, time and money, he can understand all there is beyond the stars. He believes that he sees here on earth and in its vicinity a fair exhibition of nature’s laws and objects, and that nothing new looms “up there” that cannot be explained, predicted, or extrapolated from knowledge gained “down here.” He believes he is now surveying a fair sample of the universe, if not in proportion to its size—which may be infinite—yet in proportion to its large-scale features. Little progress could be made in cosmology *without* this presumptuous attitude. And nature herself seems to encourage it, as we shall see, with certain numerical coincidences that could hardly be accidental.

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