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The cause and evolution of the universe


Fact and Myth in Modern Astrophysics
Dr. John Auping Birch

Preface .......... 9

Introduction .......... 11

PART I: ASTROPHYSICS .......... 15

Chapter 1 Fact: the evolution of the Universe .......... 17

Chapter 2 Myth: dark matter and dark energy .......... 95

Chapter 3 Fact: the fine-tuning of physical constants .......... 155

Chapter 4 Myth: modern theories of the multiverse .......... 199

Chapter 5 Fact: entropy and evolution of the Universe .......... 265

Chapter 6 Myth: conformal cyclical cosmology .......... 283

PART II: METAPHYSICS .......... 291

Chapter 7 How to distinguish scientific fact from myth .......... 293

Chapter 8 The cause of the Universe .......... 349

Bibliography .......... 397

Credits .......... 417

Name and author index .......... 421

Math box index .......... 427

Index of tables .......... 429

Index of graphs, figures and photos .......... 431