General Interest Article
Astronomy is the original science. Its scope comprehends all the physical sciences - geology, physics, chemistry - and even the natural sciences. All borrow from it, and in turn contribute to astronomical knowledge. Moreover, from the very beginning, the study of astronomy has been inseparably connected with philosophy and religious speculation. For its theme - its age-long objective - has been a true world concept. I quote: "Back of every religion, and of every philosophy or science, worthy of the name, lies a world-view, a concept in which are included all localities and all beings supposed in that religion or philosophy or science to exist. In proportion to its clearness and completeness it, in every case, groups and mentally pictures these localities and beings in certain relations to each other, and thus also in their total unity as a universe. The science which critically investigates and expounds the world-view of any people or of any system of doctrine is called cosmology."
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Morehouse, D. W.
"The Address of the President - The Cosmology of the Universe,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 29(1), 41-48.
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