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Is Earth merely an insignificant speck in a vast and meaningless universe? On the contrary. The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery shows that this cherished assumption of materialism is dead wrong. Earth is far more significant than virtually anyone has realized. Contrary to the scientific orthodoxy, it is not an average planet around an ordinary star in an unremarkable part of the Milky Way.

In this provocative book, Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards present a staggering array of evidence that exposes the hollowness of this modern dogma. They demonstrate that our planet is exquisitely fit not only to support life, but also to give us the best view of the universe, as if Earth were designed both for life and for scientific discovery. Readers are taken on a scientific odyssey from a history of tectonic plates, to the wonders of water and solar eclipses, to our location in the Milky Way, to the laws that govern the universe, and to the beginning of cosmic time.

In The Privileged Planet, you will discover:

Why the best scientific evidence refutes the misnamed Copernican Principle—the widely held idea that there is nothing special about Earth or its place in the universe

Why the sheer number and size of galaxies does not mean that Earths capacity to sustain life is the result of blind chance

How Earth is precisely positioned in the Milky Way—not only for life, but also to allow us to find answers to the greatest mysteries of the universe

Striking ways in which water doesnt behave like most other liquids—and how each of its quirks makes it perfectly suited for the existence of creatures like us

The harmony of Earth and the Moon: how they work together to sustain Earthly life as one intricate system—and how that system produces the best solar eclipses where Earthly observers can see them

How Jupiter and Saturn protect Earth from cataclysmic destruction

How the laws and constants that govern the universe must be narrowly fine-tuned for the existence of any complex life

The Privileged Planet's astounding findings should lead any individual to reevaluate entrenched assumptions about the universe—and even to reconsider our very purpose on what so many have dismissed as nothing more than an accident of cosmic evolution.

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Gonzalez (astronomy and physics, Iowa State U.) and Richards, whose background in is philosophy and theology, argue that Earth is blessed with the presence of humans, and complex life in general, because its conditions allow for a stunning diversity of measurements in areas ranging from cosmology and galactic astronomy to stellar astrophysics and geophysics.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Earth. The Final Frontier

Contrary to popular belief, Earth is not an insignificant blip on the universes radar. Our world proves anything but average in Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery.

But what exactly does Earth bring to the table? How does it prove its worth among numerous planets and constellations in the vastness of the Milky Way? In The Privileged Planet, youll learn about the worlds:

life-sustaining capabilities

water and its miraculous makeup

protection by the planetary giants

And how our planet came into existence in the first place.

Synopsis:

A convincing case that the rare, finely tuned conditions that allow for intelligent life on Earth are no coincidence, and that Earth was practically designed for discovery.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780895260659
Author:
Gonzalez, Guillermo
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Author:
Richards, Jay W.
Author:
Richards, Jay Wesley
Location:
Washington, DC
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Planets
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Earth
Subject:
Discoveries in science
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Solar systems
Subject:
Solar system
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Edition Number:
312
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
108-167
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
900x600

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"Synopsis" by ,

Earth. The Final Frontier

Contrary to popular belief, Earth is not an insignificant blip on the universes radar. Our world proves anything but average in Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery.

But what exactly does Earth bring to the table? How does it prove its worth among numerous planets and constellations in the vastness of the Milky Way? In The Privileged Planet, youll learn about the worlds:

life-sustaining capabilities

water and its miraculous makeup

protection by the planetary giants

And how our planet came into existence in the first place.

"Synopsis" by , A convincing case that the rare, finely tuned conditions that allow for intelligent life on Earth are no coincidence, and that Earth was practically designed for discovery.
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