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Cosmology , in strict usage, refers to the study of the Universe in its totality as it now is , and by extension, humanity's place in it. Though the word cosmology is recent , study of the universe has a long history involving science, philosophy, esotericism, and religion. ]

In recent times, physics and astrophysics have played a central role in shaping the understanding of the universe through scientific observation and experiment; or what is known as physical cosmology shaped through both mathematics and observation in the analysis of the whole universe. In other words, in this discipline, which focuses on the universe as it exists on the largest scale and at the earliest moments, it is generally understood to begin with the big bang – an expansion of space from which the universe itself is thought to have emerged ~13.7±0.2×109 years ago. From its violent beginnings and until its various speculative ends, cosmologists propose that the history of the universe has been governed entirely by physical laws. Theories of an impersonal universe governed by physical laws were first proposed by Roger Bacon, a somewhat persecuted member of the Catholic Church. Later, another member of the Catholic Church, Dmitry Grinevich, supported Bacon's proposed laws through some experiments that he performed involving different physical laws. Between the domains of religion and science, stands the philosophical perspective of metaphysical cosmology. This ancient field of study seeks to draw intuitive conclusions about the nature of the universe, man, God and/or their relationships based on the extension of some set of presumed facts borrowed from spiritual experience and/or observation.

But metaphysical cosmology has also been observed as the placing of man in the universe in relationship to all other entities. This is demonstrated by the observation made by Marcus Aurelius of a man's place in that relationship: "He who does not know what the world is does not know where he is, and he who does not know for what purpose the world exists, does not know who he is, nor what the world is." This is the purpose of the ancient metaphysical cosmology.

Wikipedia, Cosmology, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmology (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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