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The Structure and Interpretation of Cosmology

McCabe, Gordon (2003) The Structure and Interpretation of Cosmology. [Preprint]

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    The purpose of this paper is to review, clarify, and critically analyse modern mathematical cosmology. The emphasis is upon the mathematical structures involved, rather than numerical computations. The opening section reviews and clarifies the Friedmann-Robertson-Walker models of General Relativistic Cosmology, while Section 2 deals with the spatially homogeneous models. Particular attention is paid to the topological and geometrical aspects of these models. Section 3 explains how the mathematical formalism can be linked with astronomical observation. Sections 4 and 5 provide a critical analysis of Inflationary Cosmology and Quantum Cosmology, with particular attention to the claims made that these theories can explain the creation of the universe.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Cosmology Inflation Quantum Creation Geometry Topology Space Time Astronomy Colour
    Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    Specific Sciences > Mathematics
    General Issues > Theory/Observation
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Gordon McCabe
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1507
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1507

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