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.
- A (noun) cosmologer or (noun) cosmologist studies (adjective) cosmologic or (adjective) cosmological topics (adverb) cosmologically.
- Word origin of “cosmology” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- 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.
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How to Cite the Definition of Cosmology
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “cosmology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/cosmology/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
cosmology. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/cosmology/
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “cosmology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/cosmology/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“cosmology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/cosmology/>.