Cosmology: Historical, Literary, Philosophical, Religious, and Scientific Perspectives

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A most interesting collection of detailed but accessible contributions examining cosmology from multiple perspectives. The 31 chapters are organized in nine sections: cosmology and culture, the Greeks' geometrical cosmos, medieval cosmology and literature, the scientific revolution, galaxies--from speculation to science, the expanding universe, particle physics and cosmology, cosmology and philosophy, and cosmology and religion. Each section is individually introduced. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
I Cosmology and Culture
Introduction: Different Cultures, Different Cosmologies 3
1 Native American Cosmologies 9
2 Chinese Cosmology 25
3 Mesopotamian Cosmology 37
4 The Presocratics 53
II The Greek's Geometrical Cosmos
Introduction: To Save the Phenomena 69
5 Plato's Cosmology 79
6 Aristotle's Cosmology 95
7 Ptolemy 105
8 Copernicus 147
III Medieval Cosmology and Literature
Introduction: The Aristotelian World View 177
9 Medieval Cosmology 181
10 Dante's Moral Cosmology 201
11 Chaucer 217
IV The Scientific Revolution
Introduction: A New Physics and a New Cosmology 227
12 Galileo 235
13 Kepler 239
14 Newtonian Cosmology 263
V Galaxies: from Speculation to Science
Introduction: A Rational Order for the Cosmos 277
15 William Herschel 281
16 Raw Power: Nineteenth-Century Speculum Metal Reflecting Telescopes 289
17 Spectroscopy 301
VI The Expanding Universe
Introduction: The Great Debate 321
18 Cosmology 1900-1931 329
19 Hubble's Cosmology 347
20 Big Bang Cosmology 371
21 Steady State Theory 391
VII Particle Physics and Cosmology
Introduction: The Ultimate Accelerator 407
22 The Inflationary Universe 411
23 Large-Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 447
24 Cosmic Strings 463
25 Quantum Cosmology and the Creation of the Universe 477
VIII Cosmology and Philosophy
Introduction: Thinking about the Universe 501
26 The Anthropic Principle 505
27 Plurality of Worlds 515
28 Multiple Universes 533
29 Philosophical Aspects of Cosmology 547
IX Cosmology and Religion
Introduction: The Copernican Revolution 571
30 Galileo and the Inquisition 575
31 Cosmology and Religion 581
Index 607
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