Conceptions of Cosmos: From Myths to the Accelerating Universe: A History of Cosmology

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OUP Oxford, 2007 - 276 páginas
This book is a historical account of how natural philosophers and scientists have endeavoured to understand the universe at large, first in a mythical and later in a scientific context. Starting with the creation stories of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, the book covers all the major events in theoretical and observational cosmology, from Aristotle's cosmos over the Copernican revolution to the discovery of the accelerating universe in the late 1990s. It presents cosmology as asubject including scientific as well as non-scientific dimensions, and tells the story of how it developed into a true science of the heavens. Contrary to most other books in the history of cosmology, it offers an integrated account of the development with emphasis on the modern Einsteinian andpost-Einsteinian period. Starting in the pre-literary era, it carries the story onwards to the early years of the 21st century.
 

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Introduction
1
1 From myths to the Copernican universe
6
2 The Newtonian era
67
3 Foundations of modern cosmology
125
4 The hot Big Bang
177
5 New horizons
221
References
253
Index
267
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Professor Helge S. Kragh
History of Science Department, University of Aarhus, Denmark. 1988-90, Associate Professor (Physics, History of Science) at Cornell University, NY, USA.
1994-97, Professor of History of Science, University of Oslo, Norway.
1997 onwards Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

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