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The scientific approach to cosmology encompasses several related fields of [[science]]:
 
The scientific approach to cosmology encompasses several related fields of [[science]]:
* [[Astronomy]] — direct observation of "the heavens", which began (most likely) very early in the history of humankind and eventually led to relatively accurate mathematical models of [[wikipedia:planetary motion]] in the [[wikipedia:solar system|solar system]]
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* [[Astronomy]] — direct observation of "the heavens", which began (most likely) very early in the history of humankind and eventually led to relatively accurate mathematical models of [[wikipedia:planetary motion|planetary motion]] in the [[wikipedia:solar system|solar system]]
 
* [[Wikipedia:Mechanics|Mechanics]] — increasingly accurate models of the behavior of matter in the universe as a whole, including [[Isaac Newton|Newton's]] laws of motion and [[Albert Einstein|Einstein's]] theory of relativity
 
* [[Wikipedia:Mechanics|Mechanics]] — increasingly accurate models of the behavior of matter in the universe as a whole, including [[Isaac Newton|Newton's]] laws of motion and [[Albert Einstein|Einstein's]] theory of relativity
 
* [[Wikipedia:Particle physics|Particle physics]] — needed to explain the behavior of matter in the early universe in the [[Big Bang]] model of the origin of the universe
 
* [[Wikipedia:Particle physics|Particle physics]] — needed to explain the behavior of matter in the early universe in the [[Big Bang]] model of the origin of the universe

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Cosmology is the study of the large-scale properties of the universe as a whole, including its physical structure, history (i.e., origin and development), and possible futures.

Scientific cosmology

The scientific approach to cosmology encompasses several related fields of science:

  • Astronomy — direct observation of "the heavens", which began (most likely) very early in the history of humankind and eventually led to relatively accurate mathematical models of planetary motion in the solar system
  • Mechanics — increasingly accurate models of the behavior of matter in the universe as a whole, including Newton's laws of motion and Einstein's theory of relativity
  • Particle physics — needed to explain the behavior of matter in the early universe in the Big Bang model of the origin of the universe
  • Wikipedia:Relativity

Metaphysical and religious cosmology

This section is not yet written.

Cosmological arguments for the existence of God

There is also a class of related philosophical arguments for the existence of God called cosmological arguments.

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