noun (plural cosmologies)[mass noun]
1The science of the origin and development of the universe. Modern cosmology is dominated by the Big Bang theory, which brings together observational astronomy and particle physics.
- Compared to physics and astronomy, cosmology is a young science.
- We have come to realize, through developments in astronomy and cosmology, that we are still quite near the beginning.
- The big bang theory of cosmology asserts that the universe was once a very small and very hot soup of energetic subatomic particles.
1.1 [count noun] An account or theory of the origin of the universe.
- Alternative cosmologies try to account for these perturbations in different ways.
- Many of the physical theories and cosmologies of the Greeks read like rational revisions of the early myths.
- Nonetheless, many powerful lineages managed to retain power through political maneuvers and by maintaining a monopoly on spiritual practices centrally associated in local cosmologies with agriculture and fertility.
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- Likewise, heliocentricity, while accepted by all but a tiny minority of astronomers and cosmologists, still has its detractors.
- Looking for such a signal is a big goal of cosmologists right now.
- But it is being increasingly discussed by other eminent physicists and cosmologists.
Mid 17th century: from French cosmologie or modern Latin cosmologia, from Greek kosmos 'order or world' + -logia 'discourse'.
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