The Work of the Cosmologist

Actually, long before cosmologists came on the scene to study the origins of the universe, there were creation stories. But these were mythological and religious narratives. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, for example, God said, "Let there be light." And there was.

The human mind naturally looks for origins, beginnings, grand openings. In the twentieth century, we stumbled across two bits of evidence of the biggest grand opening ever.

Cosmologists have put together a creation story of their own. It is the result of centuries of observation, modeling, and testing. The model is so well established that it is generally referred to as the standard model. As Steven Weinberg points out in his account of the start of it all, The First Three Minutes (Basic Books, 1993), the study of the origins of the universe was not always a scientifically respectable pursuit. It is only in relatively recent scientific history that we have had the tools to rigorously test theories of how the universe began.

Telescopes Mastery

Telescopes Mastery

Through this ebook, you are going to learn what you will need to know all about the telescopes that can provide a fun and rewarding hobby for you and your family!

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment