1 The Evolution of the Universe edited by David L. Alles Western Washington University e -mail: [email protected]
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2 ?If being educated means having an informed sense of time and place, then it is essential for a person to be familiar with the scientific aspects of the universe and know something of its origin and structure.? Project 2061, American Association for the Advancemen t of Science ---------------------------- "The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. "? Steven Weinberg Steven Weinberg is winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979, and author of the book "The First Three Minutes" .
3 Introduction Science at the beginning of the twenty -first century can make some bold, yet simple observations: 1) the universe has evolved; 2) we are a r esult of that evolution. ?We are the first generation of human beings to glimpse the sweep of cosmic history, from the universe's fiery origin in the Big Bang to the silent, stately flight of galaxies through the intergalactic night.? (National Research C ouncil) Order in the Universe Cosmology is the study of the evolution of the universe from its first moments to the present. In cosmology the