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1[mass noun] The science of the origin and development of the universe. Modern cosmology is dominated by the Big Bang theory, which brings together observational astronomy and particle physics.
- ‘Only after such a transformation could modern physics and cosmology became accessible to the public.’
- ‘The question Nagel mentions of systems far from equilibrium arises frequently in particle physics and cosmology.’
- ‘We have come to realize, through developments in astronomy and cosmology, that we are still quite near the beginning.’
- ‘Is it necessary for humans to create stars in a laboratory in order for us to develop a science of cosmology?’
- ‘The big bang theory of cosmology asserts that the universe was once a very small and very hot soup of energetic subatomic particles.’
- ‘The Hubble Deep Field images have made some of the greatest impacts on observational cosmology so far.’
- ‘Astronomy and cosmology have made the universe smaller and vaster than ever before, but where does humanity fit in?’
- ‘In the last half of the twentieth century, astronomers made enormous progress in understanding cosmology.’
- ‘He is phenomenally interested in modern cosmology, physics, neuroscience and psychology.’
- ‘It focuses on cosmology and astronomy, and on Earth's place in the universe.’
- ‘Compared to physics and astronomy, cosmology is a young science.’
- ‘For two decades the idea that matter is made up of tiny strings, rather than point-like particles, has dominated cosmology.’
- ‘The fields that have continued to amaze are astronomy and cosmology, which are obviously healthy.’
- ‘The intersection between cosmology and particle physics us likely to remain an exciting area of science for many years to come.’
- ‘According to modern cosmology, the entire universe is an evolutionary system.’
- ‘All of modern cosmology, including the theory of the expanding universe, rests on that assumption.’
- ‘In turn, that led to the birth of a whole new science, cosmology, that gave us most of our modern ideas of the creation of the universe itself.’
- ‘He does work on cosmology and astronomy, and he wondered how he would explain what the applications of this work were.’
- ‘This comment also applies to cosmology, astronomy, aspects of biology and in fact much scientific and medical experimentation.’
- ‘When I began research, the two areas that seemed exciting were cosmology and elementary particle physics.’
- 1.1[count noun] An account or theory of the origin of the universe.
- ‘Alternate interpretations are not even hinted at, despite many flaws in conventional big bang cosmology.’
- ‘Alternative cosmologies try to account for these perturbations in different ways.’
- ‘The layered heavens, angels, archangels and demons, and continual recycling of souls are very similar to the Wheel of Karma and other similar cosmologies of Buddhist and Hindu belief.’
- ‘In this respect it differs greatly from all other cosmologies which either rely on a conventionally obtained body of physics or have not yet succeeded in drawing conclusions of local interest from the cosmological principle.’
- ‘Is there a prevailing view within creationism concerning the issue of distant starlight and time, or are there several creationist cosmologies that are considered viable possibilities?’
- ‘The human body occupies an ambiguous, even a paradoxical role in cultural categorizations - from the cosmologies of the archaic societies to the concepts and practices of modern Western civilization.’
- ‘Several creationists have proposed galactocentric cosmologies.’
- ‘At Rome Galileo argued his astronomy against Aristotelian cosmology in various places and before various groups.’
- ‘Many of the physical theories and cosmologies of the Greeks read like rational revisions of the early myths.’
- ‘Nonetheless, many powerful lineages managed to retain power through political maneuvers and by maintaining a monopoly on spiritual practices centrally associated in local cosmologies with agriculture and fertility.’
- ‘This solves some of the so called classical problems of the Big Bang cosmology.’
- ‘In the lead essay, he seeks a common structure and shared tradition that underlies the various cosmologies.’
- ‘She clearly resists any notion of an unbroken, essentialised African lineage, seeing such traditions as a variable intermixing of older cosmologies and newer spiritual conceptions.’
- ‘It was not Einstein but Friedmann who developed the mathematical models of an expanding Universe, which form the basis of the modern Big Bang cosmology.’
- ‘There would be different cosmologies for different parts of the universe!’
- ‘The key ethnographic chapters deal with cosmologies, the idea and practice of sacrifice, and the power of ritual speech, in the context of this ‘translation’ project.’
- ‘Reflecting older cosmologies, evolutionist schemes in anthropology differed markedly from biology in positing universal stages through which cultures pass, and into which extant cultures can be placed.’
- ‘What mysterious psychological law would have caused them to both use the umbrella as a sign of royalty, to invent the same games, imagine similar cosmologies, and attribute the same colors to the different directions?’
- ‘They're both radically different cosmologies.’
- ‘If human cosmologies do not become attuned to the need to preserve our terrestrial habitat, humanity will sooner or later run out of future.’
Mid 17th century: from French cosmologie or modern Latin cosmologia, from Greek kosmos order or world + -logia discourse.
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