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Conceptions of cosmos : from myths to the accelerating Universe : a history of cosmology

Author: Helge Kragh; Oxford Scholarship Online.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: (Oxford Scholarship Online).
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helge Kragh; Oxford Scholarship Online.
ISBN: 9780199209163 0199209162
OCLC Number: 1057963718
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010. (Oxford Scholarship Online). Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher) or Firefox 2.0 (or higher). Available as searchable text in HTML format. Access restricted to subscribing institutions.
Description: 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. From myths to the Copernican universe --
2. The Newtonian era --
3. Foundations of modern cosmology --
4. The hot Big Bang --
5. New horizons.
Series Title: (Oxford Scholarship Online).
Other Titles: Oxford scholarship online.
Responsibility: Helge Kragh.
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"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 a subject 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 and post-Einsteinian period. Starting in the pre-literary era, it carries the story onwards to the early years of the 21st century."--Jacket.

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