Astrobiology (general)

The Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Life

By Keith Cowing
October 19, 2021
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The Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Life
The Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Life

When a physicist says that a theory is fine-tuned, they mean that it must make a suspiciously precise assumption in order to explain a certain observation.

This is evidence that the theory is deficient or incomplete. One particular case of fine-tuning is particularly striking. The data in question are not the precise measurements of cosmology or particle physics, but a more general feature of our universe: it supports the existence of life. This chapter reviews this Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Life.

Luke A. Barnes

Comments: 15 pages, 1 figure. Invited contribution to the Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Physics, edited By Eleanor Knox, Alastair Wilson
Subjects: History and Philosophy of Physics (physics.hist-ph); Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO); General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc)
Cite as: arXiv:2110.07783 [physics.hist-ph] (or arXiv:2110.07783v1 [physics.hist-ph] for this version)
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From: Luke Barnes
[v1] Fri, 15 Oct 2021 00:42:42 UTC (30 KB)

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