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  • L. Woltjer

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Those of us who were around a few decades ago, frequently became initiated into cosmology by a very clear and concise small book, written by Herman Bondi, entitled “Cosmology” (1952/1960). It is interesting to see the list of chapter headings:

Physics and Cosmology
The Cosmological Principle
Observational Evidence:
The background light of the sky (Olbers' paradox)
The problem of inertia (Mach's principle)
Observations of distant nebulae (isotropy, m < 19, z < 0.2)
Astrophysical and geophysical data (ages, abundances)
Microphysics and Cosmology (large numbers)
Theories:
Newtonian Cosmology
Relativistic Cosmology (Friedmann/Lemaitre models)
Steady State Cosmology
Milne/Eddington/Dirac/Jordan.

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