The universe is imagined split into infinitely many branches, or 'worlds', only one of which can be observed. The world has an entropy per baryon xi approximately 10/sup 9/: other worlds can have all possible values of entropy per baryon. High-entropy worlds with xi > 5x10/sup 11/ do not form galaxies, but only giant black holes. Low entropy worlds with xi < 3x10/sup 5/ do form galaxies, but only metal-poor dwarf galaxies with no planets. Life can evolve only in worlds with entropy per baryon in the range 3x10/sup 5/ < xi < 5x10/sup 11/, and life is abundant only in a much narrower range.