The Privileged Planet


The Privileged Planet

The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery (hardcover)

Jay W. Richards & Guillermo Gonzales

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 Earth is far more significant than virtually anyone has realized. It is not an average planet around an ordinary star in an unremarkable part of the Milky Way.

In this original book, Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards present a staggering array of evidence to show that our planet is exquisitely fit not only to support life, but also to give us the best view of the universe. Readers are taken on a scientific odyssey from a history of tectonic plates, the wonders of water, and solar eclipses, to our location in the Milky Way, the laws that govern the universe, and the beginning of cosmic time.

You will discover:

  • 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 doesn't behave like most other substances-and how each of its quirks makes it perfectly fit 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 just where there are observers to see them
  • How Earth's atmosphere helps protect us from harmful radiation, yet has a tiny window open to the radiation crucial for life and scientific knowledge
  • How Jupiter and Saturn protect Earth from cataclysmic destruction
  • 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
  • How the laws and constants that govern the universe must be narrowly fine-tuned for the existence of any complex life
  • Copernicus: how the popular idea of his achievement and its significance contains more ideologically skewed myth than historical fact
  • Why the sheer number and size of galaxies does not mean that Earth's capacity to sustain life is just the result of blind chance 

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