Conceptions of Cosmos
From Myths to the Accelerating Universe - A History of Cosmology
By (author) Professor Helge S. Kragh
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Conceptions of Cosmos by Professor Helge S. Kragh
Book DescriptionThis 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 in theoretical 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 into a 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 the 21st century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199209163
(247mm x 174mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Professor Helge S. Kragh
Conceptions of Cosmos, Paperback (February 2013)
This book presents the history of how the universe at large became the object of scientific understanding. Starting with the ancient creation myths, it offers an integrated and comprehensive account of cosmology that covers all major events from Aristotle's Earth-centred cosmos to the recent discovery of the accelerating universe.
Entropic Creation, Hardback (May 2008)
Considers the cultural and religious responses to the second law of thermodynamics, from around 1860 to 1920. This book focuses on key themes on the interactions between cosmology, physics, religion and ideology, and the public way in which these topics were discussed in the latter half of the 19th and the first years of the 20th century.
Introduction to the Historiography of Science, Paperback (November 1989)» View all books by Professor Helge S. Kragh
This volume introduces the methodological and philosophical problems with which modern history of science is concerned, and offers a comprehensive review of significant historiographical viewpoints.
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Author Biography - Professor Helge S. Kragh
1988-90, Associate Professor (Physics, History of Science) at Cornell University, NY, USA. 1994-97, Professor of History of Science, University of Oslo, Norway. 1997 onwards Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
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