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Masks of the Universe
Changing Ideas on the Nature of the Cosmos

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107402621

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  • In Masks of the Universe, Edward Harrison brings together fundamental scientific, philosophical and religious issues in cosmology and raises thought provoking questions. Philosophical issues dominated cosmology in the ancient world. Theological issues ranked foremost in the Middle Ages; astronomy and the physical sciences have taken over in more recent times. Yet every attempt to grasp the true nature of the universe creates a new "mask," People have always pitied the universes of their ancestors, believing that their generation has at last discovered the "real" universe. Do we now stand at the threshold of knowing everything, or have we created yet another "mask," doomed to fade like those preceding ours? Edward Harrison is Adjunct Professor of Astronomy, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, and Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He worked as a scientist for the Atomic Energy Research Establishment and the Rutherford High Energy Laboratory in England until 1966 when he became a Five College professor at the University of Massachusetts and taught at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith College. He is the author of numerous books, including Cosmology: the Science of the Universe (Cambridge, 2001)

    • Provides a thought-provoking coverage of a wide range of issues in cosmology
    • Highly praised; the first edition won the Melcher Book Award
    • Discusses the scientific, philosophical and religious issues in cosmology throughout the ages
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    "...for those interested in philosophy and the nature of the universe, Masks of the Universe will be certain to interest and entertain an inquiring mind." Stardust

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107402621
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introducing the masks
    Part I. Worlds in the Making:
    1. The magic Universe
    2. The mythic Universe
    3. The geometric Universe
    4. The medieval Universe
    5. The infinite Universe
    6. The mechanistic Universe
    Part II. The Heart Divine:
    7. Dance of the atoms and waves
    8. Fabric of space and time
    9. Nearer to the heart's desire
    10. The cosmic tide
    11. Do dreams ever come true?
    Part III. The Cloud of Unknowing:
    12. The witch universe
    13. The spear of Archytas
    14. All that is made
    15. The cloud of unknowing
    16. Learned ignorance.

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    Edward Harrison, University of Arizona

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