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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 accelearting universe.
Helge Kragh is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where his main field of research is the history of modern physical science. In this area he has published a biography of Paul Dirac (1990) and Quantum Generations (1999), a survey of twentieth-century physics. The main result of his interest in cosmology is Cosmology and Controversy, a book on the steady state model and its rivalry with Big Bang theory. More recently, he has focused on the interaction between cosmology and religion, which was the subject of Matter and Spirit in the Universe from 2004.