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Publisher Comments:

"...engaging…a fascinating mix of opinion and scientific/philosophic discussion...quite readable and enjoyable...a book that should be in ones library."-Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith Did the universe originate from a "big bang" as argued by leading astrophysicists and 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, and how does it become extinct?

These questions propel Modern Cosmology & Philosophy as the leading text in this hotly debated area where science and philosophy meet. Edited with an introduction by noted scholar John Leslie, this volume offers superb selections on modern cosmology, relativistic theories of the universe, the Big Bang, the problem of God and creation, cosmology and verifiability, coincidences, origins and evolution, multiple universe theories, infinity, chaos, life forms, the end of time, and the limits of our knowledge.

This volume includes work by H. 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, and others.

Book News Annotation:

The second edition of the 1990 book Physical Cosmology and Philosophy features 26 contributions discussing such issues as relativistic theories of the universe, the Big Bang, the problems of God and creation, cosmology and verifiability, coincidences, the origin and evolution of the universe, multiple universe theories, infinity, chaos, life forms, the end of time, and the limits of our knowledge. Many are accessible to the general reader. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Did the universe originate from a "big bang" as argued by leading astrophysicists and others? Or does some other theory more accurately describe its beginnings? Are there other forms of life in the universe? What about other universes? This volume discusses these and other topics in this hotly debated area where philosophy and science meet.

About the Author

John Leslie (Guelph, Ontario) is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Guelph, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Table of Contents

  1. Is philosophy relevant to cosmology? /Ernan McMullin
  2. Modern cosmology /George Gamow
  3. Relativistic theories of the universe /W.B. Bonnor
  4. Steady-state theory of the universe /H. Bondi
  5. 13,000,000,000 year bang /Martin Rees
  6. Was there a big bang? /Jayant Narlikar
  7. Pseudo-problem of creation in physical cosmology /Adolf Grèunbaum
  8. Cosmology and verifiability /G.F.R. Ellis
  9. Dirac's cosmology and Mach's principle /R.H. Dicke
  10. Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology /Brandon Carter
  11. On the origin, evolution and the purpose of the physical universe /B.J. Carr
  12. Argument from the fine-tuning of the universe /Richard Swinburne
  13. Cozy cosmology /Heinz R. Pagels
  14. Mind and supermind /Stephen Jay Gould
  15. Cosmological fecundity : theories of multiple universes /George Gale
  16. Beyond the end of time /John Archibald Wheeler
  17. Is the universe a vacuum fluctuation /Edward P. Tryon
  18. What caused the big bang? /Paul Davies
  19. Universe : inflation out of chaos /Andrei Linde
  20. Possible forms of life in environments very different from the Earth /Robert Shapiro, Gerald Feinberg
  21. Atmospheric evolution, the Drake equation, and DNA : sparse life in an infinite universe /Michael H. Hart
  22. Emerging questions and uncertainties /G.F.R. Ellis
  23. Anthropic principle today /John Leslie
  24. Our place in the universe /Paul Davies --"What place, then, for a creator?" : Hawking on God and creation /William Lane Craig
  25. Toward infinity : the far future /Martin Rees.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573922500
Editor:
Leslie, John
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Editor:
Leslie, John
Author:
Leslie, John
Location:
Amherst, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Philosophy, modern
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Subject:
General Philosophy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
330
Dimensions:
8.95x5.94x.80 in. 1.11 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Did the universe originate from a "big bang" as argued by leading astrophysicists and others? Or does some other theory more accurately describe its beginnings? Are there other forms of life in the universe? What about other universes? This volume discusses these and other topics in this hotly debated area where philosophy and science meet.
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