1. (noun) The study of the origin and nature of the universe.
2. (noun) A set of beliefs that defines the origin and nature of the universe.
3. (noun) A comprehensive theory of the origin, composition, dynamics, evolution, and structure of the universe as a system.
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- Plural: cosmologies
- Cosmology is known as the “Theory of Everything.”
- A specific account or theory of the universe is called a cosmogony. Cosmogonies are typically in the form of a creation myth or scientific theory.
- Derived from the Greek word for world or universe: kosmos.
- Cosmology used in a sentence: I was fascinated by theories about cosmology as a child and I grew up to become an astronomer.
- A (noun) cosmologer or (noun) cosmologist studies (adjective) cosmologic or (adjective) cosmological topics (adverb) cosmologically.
- Barth, Fredrik. 1987. Cosmologies in the Making: A Generative Approach to Cultural Variation in Inner New Guinea. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
- Geertz, Clifford. 1973. The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books.
- Greene, Brian. 2010. The Elegant Universe Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory. 2nd ed. New York: Vintage.
- Gribbin, John. 1986. In Search of the Big Bang: Quantum Physics and Cosmology. London: Heinemann.
- Hawking, Stephen W. 2001. The Universe in a Nutshell. New York: Bantam Books.
- Kirshner, Robert P. 2002. The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- Singh, Simon. 2005. Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe. New York: Harper Perennial.
- Traube, Elizabeth G. 1986. Cosmology and Social Kife: Ritual Exchange Among the Mambai of East Timor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.