On the First Anthropic Argument in Astrobiology

@article{Cirkovic2002OnTF,
  title={On the First Anthropic Argument in Astrobiology},
  author={Milan M. Cirkovic},
  journal={Earth, Moon, and Planets},
  year={2002},
  volume={91},
  pages={243-254}
}
  • M. Cirkovic
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Physics
  • Earth, Moon, and Planets
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