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Facts and Speculations in Cosmology


  • 150 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 296 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.73 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.1
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QB981 .N28 2008
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Cosmology

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521865043)

  • Published July 2008

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$88.00 (P)

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.


1. Ancient cosmologies; 2. The Greek epicycles; 3. Reaching out to the milky way; 4. Our position in the galaxy; 5. The world of galaxies; 6. The expanding universe; 7. Modelling the universe; 8. What is the geometry of the universe like?; 9. A universe without a beginning and without an end; 10. The cosmological debate 1950-1965; 11. The origin of the chemical elements; 12. Cosmic microwave background; 13. The very early universe; 14. Dark matter and dark energy; 15. An alternative cosmology; 16. Unfaced challenges in cosmology; 17. Epilogue.


"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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