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

Author: Helge Kragh
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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Presenting a history of how the universe at large became the object of scientific understanding, this title offers an integrated and comprehensive account of cosmology that covers all major events from Aristotle's Earth-centred cosmos to the discovery of the accelerating universe.
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History
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Kragh, Helge, 1944-
Conceptions of cosmos.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(DLC) 2006027692
(OCoLC)71163822
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helge Kragh
ISBN: 9780191526169 0191526169 9780199209163 0199209162 9781429470520 1429470526
OCLC Number: 137263748
Description: 1 online resource (276 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction; 1 From myths to the Copernican universe; 1.1 Ancient cosmological thought; 1.2 The Greek cosmos; 1.3 Medieval cosmology; 1.4 The Copernican revolution; 2 The Newtonian era; 2.1 Newton's infinite universe; 2.2 Enlightenment cosmologies; 2.3 Astrophysics and the nebulae; 2.4 Thermodynamics and gravitation; 2.5 The Via Lacta; 3 Foundations of modern cosmology; 3.1 Early relativistic models; 3.2 The expanding universe; 3.3 Towards a finite-age universe; 3.4 Alternative cosmologies; 4 The hot Big Bang; 4.1 Cosmology-a branch of nuclear physics? 4.2 The steady-state challenge4.3 Relativistic standard cosmology; 5 New horizons; 5.1 Early-universe cosmology; 5.2 Observational surprises; 5.3 Anthropic and other speculations; 5.4 The problem of creation; 5.5 Cosmology in perspective; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z
Responsibility: Helge S. Kragh.

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Kragh...writes with engaging clarity and insight. His book is thought-provoking and enlightening, a joy from beginning to end. Essential reading... * Times Higher Education Supplement * Conceptions Read more...

 
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