## Cosmology: The Science of the UniverseCosmology: 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 updated, this second edition extends the much acclaimed first edition taking into account the many developments that have occurred. |

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Projects | 25 |

The Epicurean universe | 33 |

Reflections | 42 |

Cartesian and Newtonian world | 49 |

Cosmology after Newton | 66 |

The new astronomy | 73 |

Projects | 299 |

The three redshifts | 306 |

Reflections | 314 |

Projects | 320 |

Expanding cosmic sphere | 326 |

Why does Newtonian cosmology | 332 |

The cosmic box | 339 |

Where has all the energy gone? | 348 |

Fall of the Victorian universe | 80 |

Stars | 87 |

Inside the stars | 93 |

Birth of stars | 100 |

Projects | 110 |

Further reading | 111 |

Radio galaxies and quasars | 126 |

Perfect cosmological principle | 141 |

Design argument | 155 |

Space and time | 169 |

Projects | 184 |

Riemannian spaces | 198 |

Reflections | 214 |

Theory of general relativity | 228 |

Projects | 243 |

Superholes | 257 |

Expansion of the universe | 270 |

The expanding space paradigm | 275 |

Measuring the expansion of | 285 |

Reflections | 292 |

The many universes | 355 |

Oscillating universes | 362 |

Observational cosmology | 387 |

Is the universe open or closed? | 403 |

The early universe | 413 |

The first second | 419 |

Grand unified era | 427 |

Projects | 435 |

The horizon riddle | 441 |

The particle horizon | 447 |

Reflections | 454 |

Inflation | 458 |

Projects | 472 |

Reflections | 486 |

The paradox resolved | 499 |

Creation of the universe | 515 |

Reflections | 528 |

Intelligent life | 542 |

Appendix Fundamental quantities | 555 |

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