Cosmic Origins

Cosmology: Making Sense of the Universe by Guy Consolmagno. Our "cosmology" is the sum of our assumptions and deductions of how the universe behaves. With the advent of modern physics, the term has been appropriated by physicists and astronomers to represent a scientific description of the origin and nature of the physical universe. But cosmologies can also be outlined in ways that don't use physics and astronomy. Indeed, there is continual feedback between prevailing non-scientific assumptions about the universe and the scientific picture, with each influencing the direction of the other. We'll look at a series of historical cosmologies, and discuss the sometimes hidden assumptions that underlie modern astronomy.

Guy Consolmagno SJ, Astronomer and Curator of Meteorites, Vatican Observatory, Castel Gandolfo, Vatican City State.

Cosmology: Making Sense of the Universe

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Go to the Series Home or watch other lectures:

1. Cosmology: Making Sense of the Universe
2. Origin of the Universe: The Big Bang
3. Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Inflation: The Big Mysteries of Cosmology
4. Astronomical Alchemy: The Origin of the Elements
5. Origins of Black Holes: Gravity at Its Extreme
6. The Oldest Question: Is There Life Beyond Earth?