Modern Cosmology & Philosophy
Did the universe originate from a "big bang" as argued by leading astrophysicists & others? Or does some other theory more accurately describe its beginnings? Are there other forms of life in our universe? What about other universes? Was our universe specially formed to support life? Does our universe have a purpose? What are the conditions under which life begins & evolves, & how does it become extinct? This volume offers superb selections on modern cosmology, relativistic theories of the universe, the Big Bang, the problem of God & creation, cosmology & verifiability, coincidences, origins & evolution, multiple universe theories, infinity, chaos, life forms, the end of time, & the limits of our knowledge. This volume includes work by Sir Hermann Bondi, William Lane Craig, Paul Davies, R. H. Dicke, G. F. R. Ellis, Stephen Jay Gould, Adolf Grunbaum, Heinz R. Pagels, Sir Martin Rees, Quentin Smith, Richard Swinburne, & others.
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