On the First Anthropic Argument in Astrobiology

  title={On the First Anthropic Argument in Astrobiology},
  author={Milan M. Cirkovic},
  journal={Earth, Moon, and Planets},
  • M. Cirkovic
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Physics
  • Earth, Moon, and Planets
We consider the little-known anthropic argument of Fontenelledealing with the nature of cometary orbits, given a year before the publication of Newton'sPrincipia. This is particularly interesting in view of the rapid development of therecently resurgent theories of cometary catastrophism and their role in the modern astrobiologicaldebates, for instance in the ``rare Earth'' hypothesis of Ward and Brownlee. 
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