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

Helge S. Kragh

Abstract

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. The kind of cosmology it describes and analyses focuses on the physical and astronomical aspects, but these cannot always be separated from aspe ... More

Keywords: cosmology, universe, Copernican revolution, Aristotle, Egypt, creation, Mesopotamia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199209163
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199209163.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helge S. Kragh, author
History of Science Department, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

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