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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cosmogony the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cosmogony The creation of the world or universe; a theory or account of such creation; as, the poetical cosmogony of Hesoid; the cosmogonies of Thales, Anaxagoras, and Plato. "The cosmogony or creation of the world has puzzled philosophers of all ages."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cosmogony The theory or science of the origin of the universe, or of its present constitution and order; a doctrine or account of the creation; specifically, the doctrine that the universe had a beginning in time.
    • n cosmogony The origination of the universe; creation.
    • n cosmogony Synonyms See cosmology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cosmogony koz-mog′o-ni the theory of the origin of the universe and its inhabitants—also Cosmog′eny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. kosmogoni`a; ko`smos the world + root of gi`gnesthai to be born: cf. F. cosmogonie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kosmogoniakosmos, and root of gignesthai, to be born.


In literature:

They very nearly failed to assimilate the Copernican cosmogony.
"Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge" by Alexander Philip
Parmenides, his Cosmogony, 44.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
We find the cross first in the ancient cosmogonies.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
The theory is a very plausible one; it is one of the best cosmogonies that the wit of man has ever framed.
"A Theory of Creation: A Review of 'Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation'" by Francis Bowen
With it ends the series treating of the Cosmogony or Beginnings of the World.
"Chaldea" by Zénaïde A. Ragozin
In a cosmogony like that of Spencer, intelligence is taken for granted, as matter also at the same time.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
His cosmogony seems the work of an omnipotent demiurge fashioning the universe at will.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
It is, in fact, a very cosmogony.
"Gycia" by Lewis Morris
Cosmogonies jostle evil farceurs, and the silvery voices of children chant blasphemies.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
At the time the nomads had no cosmogony or theories.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
In pagan cosmogonies the Creator is always colored blue.
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
There had been from of old cosmogonies, theories as to how the world had taken shape out of primeval chaos.
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
The student should, however, notice that the dragon-element is not entirely unrepresented even in the priestly Hebrew cosmogony.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
But with respect to the precise origin of this cosmogony, the question now arises, Is it really in substance a revelation from God to man?
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
Cosmogony distinct from geology, 3.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
The poems are mainly based on biblical (Old Testament) history, but they preserve a large measure of medieval sacred lore and cosmogony.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
He is the son of Luonnotar, the daughter of Nature, who answers to the first woman of the Iroquois cosmogony.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
In the Northern Cosmogony, Night is the Mother of Earth.
"The Old English Herbals" by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
The first thing the Bible gave a man was a Cosmogony.
"The Salvaging Of Civilisation" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The history of the earth was at first a wild and fictitious cosmogony.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper

In science:

For standard ΛCDM cosmogonies we do not attempt to constrain halo flattening.
The Milky Way's Circular Velocity Curve to 60 kpc and an Estimate of the Dark Matter Halo Mass from Kinematics of ~2400 SDSS Blue Horizontal Branch Stars
As apparent from above, there are interesting implications for the formation history of ionizing sources, but there is no “crisis” for cosmology: ΛCDM cosmogonies can still accommodate the high value of τ measured by WMAP.
The First Nonlinear Structures and the Reionization History of the Universe
These are “Characteristics”, “Circumstances”, “Cosmogony”, and “Culture”. A good deal of the debate derives from the various weightings that different proposed definitions give to each of these arenas, and the rest of the debate arises from disagreements as to where lines should be drawn within them.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Is an object that was once orbiting a star and had the attributes of a planet, but is then ejected, no longer a planet? It seems that the history of an object could play a role in whether it is a planet, and that brings us to its earliest history, or cosmogony.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
This is an example of circumstance being invoked with a subtext of cosmogony. Presumably this objection would be mitigated if the objects were found to be on highly eccentric orbits, suggesting that they obtained their large distance by gravitational scattering with inner giant planets.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Free-floating objects in the right mass range are all planemos, but not planets, and there is no need to determine their cosmogony to classify them.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
In the current standard cosmogony, clusters originate from the gravitational collapse of the highest peaks of primordial density perturbations, and evolutionary processes in these regions occur at an accelerated pace with respect to regions of the Universe with ‘average density’.
How `heredity' and `environment' shape galaxy properties
Figure 15 shows Pk (l ) for five different realisations of the CDM cosmogony.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
They approximately describe two extreme cases of popular cosmogonies, the HDM and the CDM model.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
Figure 18 shows dµ rms as a function of source redshift for four different realisations of the CDM cosmogony.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
The rms magnification fluctuation rms is shown as a function of source redshift zs for non-linearly evolving density fluctuations in the four d ifferent realisations of the CDM cosmogony detailed in Tab. 1.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
The rms aperture mass, Map,rms (q), is shown in dependence of aperture radius q for the four different realisations of the CDM cosmogony detailed in Tab. 1 where all sources are assumed to be at redshift zs = 1.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
The four curves are for the four different realisations of the CDM cosmogony listed in Tab. 1.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
The skewness S (q) of the aperture mass Map (q) is shown as a function of aperture radius q for three of the realisations of the cluster-normalised CDM cosmogony listed in Tab. 1: SCDM (solid curve); OCDM (dotted curve); and LCDM (dashed curve).
Weak Gravitational Lensing
In cosmogony,the SK theory could be also be useful. Just one example is its possibility to determine the value of .
Semiclassical planetology : some results