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Astrophysics
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[German Version]

is physics under the wide range of circumstances which occur in the universe. Its main data come from spectroscopy (light, radio wave, X-rays, etc.), cosmic rays and neutrinos. It explains successfully, for instance, the formation of stars and of clusters of stars by gravity, and with the help of nuclear physics, it explains the evolution of stars and the origin of chemical elements. To understand the very early universe, theories of matter and space-time need to be integrated.

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Drees, Willem B., “Astrophysics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01201>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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