On the First Anthropic Argument in Astrobiology

  title={On the First Anthropic Argument in Astrobiology},
  author={Milan M. Cirkovic},
We consider the little-known anthropic argument of Fontenelle dealing with the nature of cometary orbits, given a year before the publication of Newton’s Principia. This is particularly interesting in view of the rapid development of the recently resurgent theories of cometary catastrophism and their role in the modern astrobiological debates, for instance in the “rare Earth” hypothesis of