Zen in Modern Cosmology

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Overview

According to Modern Cosmology, our Universe came from a primordial state 13.7 billion years ago, with no matter and very little energy. In other words, it was almost empty. Where do the stars and galaxies, and everything else in the present universe come from then?

This captivating book provides an answer to this question, and explains the observations and evidence behind the assertion of an almost empty primordial universe. Aimed at a general audience, it assumes no prior knowledge of astronomy or physics.

The emptiness of the primordial universe is reminiscent of the emptiness in Zen Buddhism. The similarities and differences of these two forms of emptiness are explored.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812771865
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Out of Emptiness     1
Sakyamuni Buddha     7
A Flower and a Smile     17
Hui Neng     21
The Platform Sutra     29
Prologue to Our Universe     33
Does the Universe Have a Beginning     43
Size and Shape of the Universe     51
Scale Factor and Redshift     59
The Constituents of the Universe     63
What is Matter     67
Different Kinds of Energy     83
Heat and Temperature     97
The Noisy Universe     103
A Short History of the Universe     109
Inflation     123
Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation     137
Emergence of Matter     159
Syntheses of Chemical Elements     185
Epilogue     199
Endnotes     201
Abbreviations and Mathematical Symbols     223
Important Events after Reheating     227
Index     229
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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    Disappointed

    Very little on zen and even less on subject of nothingness and how it relates to modern cosmology as the title promised.

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