Fundamental Ideas in Cosmology

Fundamental Ideas in Cosmology

Scientific, philosophical and sociological critical perspectives

Martín López-Corredoira


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This book examines the world of cosmological research, providing an in-depth critical review of the research associated with challenges to the standard Big Bang scenario. It includes studies that are apparently at odds with the current standard Lambda-CDM model, providing examples of alternative theories, tests and problems with the standard model, and a discussion on the philosophy and sociology of cosmology. Theoretical limitations and practical implications of the Standard Model are discussed, assessing the sociological factors contributing to the neglect of alternative cosmological ideas, which include the allocation of funds, research positions, prestige, and telescope time, as well as discussing the religious, economic and political ideologies that influence the contents of cosmological ideas. The book is an excellent resource for working cosmologists, as well as undergraduate and graduate students of Astronomy and Philosophy of Science. 


Martín López-Corredoira:
Martín López-Corredoira is a permanent staff astrophysicist at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in Tenerife, Spain. He has authored around a hundred papers (half of them as first author) on galaxies and cosmology in international refereed scientific journals. He is also a philosopher with academic training and has published several papers and a number of books on the philosophy of science and natural philosophy.