Reading the blueprints of creation

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Cosmology became a rigorous, quantitative branch of astrophysics with a strong theoretical foundation backed by abundant data. The big bang model, which states that almost 14 billion years ago the universe started expanding from a state of extremely high density and temperature, was able to explain galaxy motions, the abundance of hydrogen and helium, and the properties of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the remnant heat from the expanding and cooling gas. The latest maps of the cosmos have surveyed hundreds of thousands of galaxies, whose clustering have grown from primordial fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalScientific American
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


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