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The Unity of the Universe

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Does the universe consist of independent objects, or is it a single unit? Are some of its features accidental, or can they all be explained in theoretical terms? This accessible book on cosmology addresses profound questions about the universe, and it offers elegant answers in simple, straightforward terms. Written by a distinguished cosmologist, it assumes no knowledge of ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 22nd 2009 by Dover Publications (first published 1959)
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Fred Kohn
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fascinating old science book written for a general audience which seems surprisingly up to date. I read it because of my interest in the local effects of the distant matter of the universe on our local neighborhood, a topic not often covered. It was fun reading a book written before the Big Bang became standard cosmology, because the author leans towards the steady state theory.
Andrew
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A great intro to cosmology despite being over 50 years old. The structure of the book is impressive - concepts are introduced clearly and carefully to build upon each other. Each chapter ends at exactly the right place.

Random notes:

Newton's concept of inertia doesn't work until you bring in the gravitational influence of distant matter - basically, the galaxies furthest away from Earth exert the greatest influence on its motion.

Steady state model vs. evolutionary model was a live issue when this
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Bria
Jun 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Steady state theorists
It felt like he was on the verge of revealing how everything comes together in an amazing, revelatory way at just about every moment throughout the book. I'm not sure that ever happened, but I have a suspicion that the information was actually there, just cut up and scattered underneath everything, obscured by his rejection of the evolving universe, for me to piece together.
Kadri
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was good. Starting from measuring distances to the Moon and planets and all the way up to theories about the Universe.
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