Tag Archives: cosmology

The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Big History


I would welcome comments on this proposed roundtable session that we are undertaking for the American Historical Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2018. “The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Big History” Abstract: “Big History” has emerged in the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Scientific Legacy of Fred Hoyle”


The Scientific Legacy of Fred Hoyle. Edited by Douglas Gough. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Fred Hoyle was the astronomer nobody knows. One of the most interesting and provocative scientists in his field in the twentieth century, Hoyle made … Continue reading

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A Revolution in Cosmology?


Only five centuries ago, not even the blink of an eye in time when compared to the age of the universe, humanity’s vision extended but a little beyond Saturn. Our ancestors envisioned a universe both limited and orderly. The telescope … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Beginning of Infinity”


The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World. By David Deutsch. New York: Viking, 2011. 496 pages. Acknowledgments, illustrations, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0670022755. $14.50 USD paperback. What explains the workings of the physical world? For millennia humankind has tried to … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Theories of the World: From Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution”


Theories of the World: From Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution. By Michael J. Crowe. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2001. This is a classic textbook that does not look like a textbook. It presents the evolution of cosmology in western thought … Continue reading

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Proposed Historical Paper: “The Battle over Cosmology in Recent America: Intelligent Designers, Science Communicators, and the Home Schooling Movement”


I will be participating in an historical workshop at the University of Manchester on the intersection of “Science, Religion, and Entertainment Media” in June 2014.  I am proposing the following paper. Comments are welcome. “The Battle over Cosmology in Recent America: … Continue reading

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