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Introduction: The Splendid Science

Part of the Astronomers’ Universe Series book series (ASTRONOM)

Abstract

Cosmology! The branch of knowledge concerned with the origin, evolution, and properties of the Universe, cosmology is arguably the grandest of human endeavors, for what could be grander than attempting to understand the cosmos? The quest to achieve this understanding is ancient. Its unknown origin dates back thousands of years, when people in different cultures recorded the regular motions of the planets and stars and then used their observations to create calendars, to predict celestial events, and to speculate on the origin of the cosmos.

Keywords

Dark Matter Cosmic Microwave Background Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe Explosive Event Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe Data 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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