Large Number Coincidences and the Anthropic Principle in Cosmology

  • Brandon Carter
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUS, volume 63)


Prof. Wheeler has asked me to say something for the record about some ideas that I once suggested (at the Clifford Memorial meeting in Princeton in 1970) and to which Hawking and Collins have referred (Astrophys. J. 180, 317, 1973). This concerns a line of thought which I believe to be potentially fertile, but which I did not write up at the time because I felt (as I still feel) that it needs further development. However, it is not inappropriate that this matter should have cropped up again on the present occasion, since it consists basically of a reaction against exaggerated subservience to the ‘Copernican principle’.


Radiation Pressure Main Sequence Fine Structure Constant Anthropic Principle Gravitational Coupling Constant 
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© The International Astronomical Union 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brandon Carter
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  1. 1.Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of CambridgeUK

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