Contents

Series Foreword

vii

Preface

ix

List of Illustrations

xi

1

Introduction

1

2

Babylonian and Chinese Astronomy and Cosmology

5

3

Greek Astronomy and Cosmology

13

4

Cosmology from Islam to Copernicus

35

5

Cosmology from Brahe to Newton

55

6

Stellar Astronomy: The Universe Beyond the Solar System

73

7

A Universe of Galaxies:

The Triumph of the Island-Universe Theory

87

8

The Expansion of the Universe

101

9

From Universal Expansion to the Big Bang

123

10

The Big Bang Universe: From 1965 to the Twenty-First Century

137

Timeline

155

Glossary-

159

Bibliography

167

Index

173

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