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

Paperback | January 18, 2013

byHelge S. 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 intheoretical 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 intoa 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 the21st century.

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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 intheoretical and observational cosmology, fr...

Helge Kragh is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where his main field of research is the history of modern physical science. In this area he has published a biography of Paul Dirac (1990) and Quantum Generations (1999), a survey of twentieth-century physics. The main result of his interest in co...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.68 inPublished:January 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199665141

ISBN - 13:9780199665143

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. From Myths to the Copernican Universe2. The Newtonian Era3. Foundations of Modern Cosmology4. The Hot Big Bang5. New Horizons

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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