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Did Chinese cosmology anticipate relativity?

Naturevolume 256pages619620 (1975) | Download Citation



Recent interest in historic novae and supernovae, stimulated by the discovery of pulsars, has shown the value of ancient Chinese astronomical observations. But the Chinese also have a long record of “cosmological” theorising; in some cases their old concepts regarding the Universe are remarkably similar to those developed in the West during the twentieth century.

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