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Facts and Speculations in Cosmology (Hardback)
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Facts and Speculations in Cosmology (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 03/07/2008
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A thought-provoking insight into the evolution of cosmology for undergraduate students and general readers, this book shows that the mystery of the origin of the universe is far from being solved. Cosmology has advanced over time through observational evidence as well as a lot of speculation. In this historical approach, the authors argue that the speculative element has become a dominant part of modern cosmology. They show how assumptions have been made and portrayed as confirmed facts. This unique book gives not only a critical assessment of the big bang theory, but presents a host of anomalous observations, and puts forward an alternative, controversial theory on the origin of the universe. A non-mathematical account, it contains analogies from everyday life so that readers can understand the concepts easily and follow the arguments presented.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521865043
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 730 g
Dimensions: 253 x 178 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a comprehensive romp through the basics of cosmology from ancient cosmologies via stellar evolution, nuclear synthesis and the observed expanding Universe to details of the standard Big Bang Theory.' The Observatory
'There is an excellent discussion of the Day of Brahma and other interesting stories. In short, [the authors] point out the way that current ideas in cosmology are modified is not too far from some of the perturbation seen in mythology. This is a rather thought-provoking book which is aimed at general readers who have an interest in the origin of the Universe.' Federation of Astronomical Societies Newsletter
"Too few scientists take pains to what emphasize what we actually know and what's speculation, which is why this book is so refreshing. Mainstream cosmologists maintain that the standard picture is supported by interconnected observations and it is not time for a radical alternative like Narlikar and Burbidge's 'quasi-steady state theory'. But these are certainly interesting times, and they are perfectly expounded in this comprehensive book." Rated 5 out of 5 stars and named book of the month in January 2009 - Marcus Chown, BBC Sky at Night
"Highly Recommended. General readers, all undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals." - B.R. Parker, emeritus, Idaho State University

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