During high school, I studied General Physics through the Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University. The standard textbook used by the program, though acknowledging evolution, made a fascinating comment at its end, in the chapter on cosmology:
The questions of cosmology are deep ones that fascinate the human intellect. One aspect that is especially intriguing is this: calculations on the formation and
evolution of the universe have been performed that deliberately varied the values– just slightly–of certain fundamental physical constants. The result? A universe in which life as we know it could not exist. [For example, if the difference in mass between proton and neutron were zero, or small (less than 0.5 MeV/c2), there would be no atoms: electrons would be captured by protons never to be freed again.] Such results have given rise to the so-called Anthropic principle, which says that if the universe were even slightly different than it is, we couldn’t be here. It’s as if the universe were exquisitely tuned, almost as if to accommodate us.
More will be coming on this subject at a later time. Think about how the fine-tuning of the universe relates to its origin.
Giancoli, G. Physics, 5th edition (1998). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, p. 1031.