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ABSTRACT

1.INTRODUCTION

2.THE CONTENT OF COSMOLOGY
2.1.The universe: a well defined physical system?
2.1.1.A mathematized historical science?
2.1.2.Other features peculiar to cosmology
2.1.3.Initial conditions

3.COSMOLOGICAL MODELING
3.1.General hypotheses
3.1.1.Primordial Nucleosynthesis
3.1.2. Empirical situation with regard to A2
3.1.3.Cosmological observation
3.2.More on the standard cosmological model
3.3.The concordance model of the universe (ΛCDM)
3.4.Matter content of unknown origin
3.4.1.Dark matter
3.4.2.Dark energy
3.5.Further conceptual pecularities of the standard model

4.THE INFLATIONARY FLASH
4.1.Particle cosmology
4.2.The inflationary model
4.3.ΛCDM-questionaire (implying inflation)

5.ORIGINATIVE COSMOLOGY
5.1.Quantum gravity
5.2.Quantum cosmology
5.2.1.Law of initial conditions?
5.2.2.The Wheeler-DeWitt equation
5.2.3.Puzzles of quantum cosmology
5.3.Make-believe cosmology: the multiverse
5.3.1.Multiverse models
5.3.2.Philosophical issues
5.3.3.Multiverse questionaire

6.THE SCIENCE OF COSMOLOGY
6.1.The epistemic value of cosmology
6.2.The explanatory value of cosmology
6.2.1.Comparison with other natural sciences
6.2.2.Error bars

7.CONCLUSION

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