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Creation According to Cosmology

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COSMOLOGY, the study of the origin and evolution of the universe, deals with the largest questions which can be asked by science. Until very recently, attempts to deal with these questions have relied more on metaphysical preference than on physical principles, but since the middle 1960′s a consistent theory of the origin of the universe has become widely accepted, which relies on much the same combination of theoretical considerations and experimental evidence as do standard physical theories of more easily observed phenomena.

A description of the development of this standard cosmological picture of the birth of the universe is presented by Steven Weinberg in his book, The First Three Minutes. Weinberg, Higgins Professor of Physics at Harvard and one of the most distinguished of the younger generation of American physicists, shows how experimental observations made since 1965 have led to almost universal agreement among astrophysicists that the universe we inhabit had a unique instant of creation, and that it is possible, using well accepted principles of high-energy nuclear physics and statistical mechanics, to describe in considerable detail how the universe evolved from that instant on.

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