Reviews for Fallacy of Fine-Tuning : Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

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Having already written several books analyzing scientific evidence for the existence of God, Stenger (philosophy, U. of Colorado) now fixes his mental microscope on the theory of intelligent design and the anthropic principles that have been proposed to support creationism. Previous courses in physics and calculus will make the cosmology, gravity, chemistry, physical parameter, and probability discussions easier to digest. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Choice Reviews 2011 December
For almost 100 years, physicists have observed that if certain basic universal physical constants (such as the fine structure constant or the number of spatial dimensions) had different values, many phenomena would not be possible, and life might not exist. This notion, that these universal constants are so "fine-tuned" that even small changes would preclude life, has been taken by some to be an argument for the existence of God. Stenger (philosophy, Univ. of Colorado; emer., physics and astronomy, Univ. of Hawaii; God, CH, Aug'08, 45-6729) does not take on the job of disproving this notion. He instead provides a very good counterargument, pointing out that life would be possible for a wide range of parameters and that claims to the contrary just reflect a narrow view of life. The author's discussion of the fine-tuning thesis and the issues surrounding it is quite broad and written in a plainspoken fashion that physicists as well as general readers will find refreshing. The physics necessary for understanding the author's case is well presented, the references are very complete, and the index is quite good. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels of academic students and general readers. Copyright 2011 American Library Association.