Cosmology The Science of the Universe

ISBN-10: 052166148X

ISBN-13: 9780521661485

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: Edward R. Harrison

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Cosmology: The Science of the Universe is an introduction to past and present cosmological theory. For much of the world's history, cosmological thought was formulated in religious or philosophical language and was thus theological or metaphysical in nature. However, cosmological speculation and theory has now become a science in which the empirical discoveries of the astronomer, theoretical physicist, and biologist are woven into intricate models that attempt to account for the universe as a whole. Professor Harrison draws on the discoveries and speculations of these scientists to provide a comprehensive survey of man's current understanding of the universe and its history. Tracing the rise of the scientific method, the major aim of this book is to provide an elementary understanding of the physical universe of modern times. Thoroughly revised and up-dated, this second edition extends the much acclaimed first edition taking into account the many developments that have occurred.
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List price: $149.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/16/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 578
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.036
Language: English

Prefaces
Introduction
What is cosmology?
Early scientific cosmology
Cartesian and Newtonian world systems
Cosmology after Newton and before Einstein
Stars
Galaxies
Location and the cosmic center
Containment and the cosmic edge
Space and time
Curved space
Special relativity
General relativity
Black holes
Expansion of the universe
Cosmic redshifts
Newtonian cosmology
Cosmic box
Many universes
Observational cosmology
The early universe
Horizons in the universe
Inflation
The cosmic numbers
Darkness at night
Creation of the universe
Life in the universe
Index
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