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Antropizm w kosmologii (od wielkich liczb do idei multiświata)
Anthropism in Cosmology (From Large Numbers to the Multiverse Concept)

Author(s): Sławomir Leciejewski
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL & Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II
Keywords: the anthropic explanation in cosmology; the anthropic principle; the multiverse; large number coincidences

Summary/Abstract: The origin of anthropic trend in cosmology is connected to the, so called, large number coincidence, which was observed by Eddington. Dicke, Hoyle and Whitrow developed the anthropic notion of the universe, which made Carter formulate the anthropic principles. These principles may be used as qualitative cosmological tests. In the anthropic thought there were also found procedures of anthropic explanation, used, e.g., by theists and criticized by the followers of the multiverse concept. This article will be devoted to the history of anthropic thinking in cosmology, from large numbers to the concept of multiverse, stressing prof. Józef Turek’s contribution to the development of this matter.

  • Issue Year: 59/2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 165-188
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish