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Cosmology is the study of the large-scale structure and history of the universe. In particular, it deals with subjects regarding its origin and evolution. It is studied by astronomy, philosophy, and theology. See also cosmogony.

Subjects in cosmology include:


Physical cosmology

Due to the extreme conditions believed to be present during the first minutes of the universe's history, cosmologists often co-operate with scientists from areas such as Particle physics.

Alternative cosmology

Main article: Non-standard cosmology

Non-standard physical cosmologies

Philosophical cosmology

Religious cosmology

Main Article: Religious cosmology

See also

External references

More reading (general)

  • Roger Penrose, The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe, Jonathan Cape, 2005 (Q1), hardcover, 1136 pages, ISBN 0679454438
  • Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (first edition), Knopf (Random House of Canada), 2004 (Q4), hardcover, 576 pages, ISBN 0375412883
  • Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, Vintage, 2000, paperback, 464 pages, ISBN 0375708111
  • Paul Halpern , The Great Beyond: Higher Dimensions, Parallel Universes and the Extraordinary Search for a Theory of Everything, Wiley, 2004 (Q2), hardcover, 336 pages, ISBN 047146595X

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