cosmological principle


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cosmological principle

A principle stating that there are no preferred places in the Universe. This is the basis for much of modern cosmology and is an extreme case of the Copernican view that the Earth is not the center of the Universe. Neglecting local irregularities, measurements of the limited regions of the Universe available to Earth-based observers are then valid samples of the whole Universe.

cosmological principle

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(astronomy)
The assumption made in most theories of cosmology that the universe is homogeneous on a large scale.
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The cosmological principle expresses the matter inside a spacetime or black hole to be uniformly (i.e.
This can be understood as well from the cosmological principle for an infinite universe: as each cube of space is symmetrically surrounded by other equal cubes of space, any space curvature generated by the central cube is counteracted by the other cubes.
I think the Anthropic Cosmological Principle brings us to an idea perhaps as old as humanity itself: that we are not at all just an accidental anomaly, the microscopic caprice of a tiny particle whirling in the endless depths of the universe.
The Cosmological Principle states that the Universe is spatially homogeneous and isotropic on sufficiently large scale [1-4] and [7].
These conditions of homogeneity and isotropy are the primary testable consequences of the cosmological principle, which states that the properties of the universe, viewed on a sufficiently large scale, are the same for all observers.
I like to call it Life and Mind Bearing Principle, extending it even to what I call the Aesthetic Cosmological Principle. The universe is oriented not just toward bringing about life and consciousness but also many different forms of beauty.
He offers two examples from this "self-transcending science" - the Anthropic Cosmological Principle and the Gaia Hypothesis.
The Cosmological Principle is taking a beating these days.
Indeed, since the primordial idea permeating the principle upon which the simplicity arises is just an extension of the copernican revolution*: the cosmological principle. This extension, the cosmological principle, just asseverates we are not in any sense at a privileged position in our universe, implying that the average large enough scalet spatial properties of the physical universe are the same from point to point at a given cosmological instant.
In "Because 'Cause' Makes Sense: The Anthropic Principle and Quantum Cosmocausality," Ostrander offers a theistic cosmology based on two versions of the anthropic cosmological principle. The phrase "anthropic principle" was coined by theoretical astrophysicist Brandon Carter, in his contribution to a 1973 Krakow symposium honoring Copernicus's 500th birthday.
Instead, 508b presents the good as the cosmological principle of a cosmos somehow without soul.
Back home this evening, I went to a study group dealing with Canticle to the Cosmos in which creation theologian Brian Swimme addressed the cosmological principle of loss present in the universe.