Cosmology : the science of the universe

Edward Harrison

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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  • Prefaces
  • Introduction
  • Part I: 1. What is cosmology?
  • 2. Early scientific cosmology
  • 3. Cartesian and Newtonian world systems
  • 4. Cosmology after Newton and before Einstein
  • 5. Stars
  • 6. Galaxies
  • 7. Location and the cosmic center
  • 8. Containment and the cosmic edge
  • 9. Space and time
  • Part II: 10. Curved space
  • 11. Special relativity
  • 12. General relativity
  • 13. Black holes
  • 14. Expansion of the universe
  • 15. Cosmic redshifts
  • 16. Newtonian cosmology
  • 17. Cosmic box
  • 18. Many universes
  • 19. Observational cosmology
  • Part III: 20. The early universe
  • 21. Horizons in the universe
  • 22. Inflation
  • 23. The cosmic numbers
  • 24. Darkness at night
  • 25. Creation of the universe
  • 26. Life in the universe
  • Index.

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書名 Cosmology : the science of the universe
著作者等 Harrison, Edward Robert
Harrison Edward R.
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2000
版表示 2nd ed
ページ数 x, 567 p.
大きさ 26 cm
ISBN 052166148X
NCID BA46331382
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス