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Space, Cosmology and Fiction

Beginning with the confrontation between Galileo and the Church, this book follows some of the discoveries which led to modern cosmology and technology, to the excitement of science fiction, and modern space technology.

The chapters in this booklet are:

*Early views on the Universe - Creation myths, The medieval system, Trouble with the calendar, Mathematics or heresy?, Galileo's discoveries, Challenge and persecution, Ideology and censorship

*Scientific cosmology - Gravity moves outwards, How big is the universe?, The expanding universe, Science fiction catches up

*First journeys into space - The rockets go up, Rockets at war, SF comes of age, In orbit, The moon adventure, Is there life out there?

*How we use space - Exploring the solar system, Satellites for research, Space goes commercial, War in space?

*Suggested reading

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