Cosmology

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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|planetary motion]] in the [[wikipedia:solar system|solar system]]
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* '''[[Wikipedia:Astronomy|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
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* '''[[Wikipedia:Mechanics|Mechanics]]''' — increasingly accurate models of the behavior of matter in the universe as a whole, including the observations of [[Galileo Galilei|Galileo]] and [[Isaac Newton|Newton's]] [[Wikipedia:Newton's laws of motion|laws of motion]] and [[wikipedia:universal gravitation|universal gravitation]]
* [[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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* '''[[Wikipedia:Relativity|Relativity]]''' — [[Albert Einstein|Einstein's]] "large-scale" theories of energy, matter, motion, and gravitation that supported the [[Big Bang]] model of the [[origin of the universe]] and predicted the existence of [[Wikipedia:Singularity|singularites]] called [[black hole]]s
* [[Wikipedia:Relativity]]
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* '''[[Wikipedia:Particle physics|Particle physics]]''' — "small-scale" models of matter and energy, necessary to explain the behavior of the early universe as well as black holes
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* '''[[Wikipedia:Quantum mechanics|Quantum mechanics]]''' &mdash; theories of matter and energy on the smallest scales and at the earliest times in the history of the universe
  
 
==Metaphysical and religious cosmology==
 
==Metaphysical and religious cosmology==

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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:

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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