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Physics is the science of inanimate matter. Cosmology is that part of this science that deals with the universe as a whole. It is the oldest and the youngest branch of physics. It is the oldest because the heavens were studied in the ancient times, in Greece and in Asia. It is the youngest because it has been re-invigorated in recent times due to observations with new, high resolution astronomical instrumentation (such as the Hubble telescope) and theoretical analyses in the context of current thinking in particle physics and relativistic dynamics. Voluminous works have been written on the order of the night sky. (The Greek word, ?Cosmology?, means ?order? (logos) of the cosmos.) Astronomical laboratories have been constructed since the ancient times to study this order. Examples are the Stonehenge monument, built by the ancient Britons thousands of years ago, and similar ancient astronomical viewing sites in India, China, Australia, Peru, Mexico, and from other cultures in the different corners of the world, designed by the ancient and aboriginal peoples to see the star formations and their locations, the locations of the sun and the moon, at the different times of the year. In these ancient viewings, there was no magnification.

Discussion is given to the experimental facts that are associated with pair annihilation, as a real example, rather than a gedanken experiment, to illustrate the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox. It is shown how the paradox disappears in a nonlinear relativistically covariant spinor field theory of this author, which takes thesingle interaction, rather thanmany free particles, as the elementary entity. In this theory there is no actual annihilation of matter. Rather, the observed facts that are conventionally interpreted as pair annihilation arederived from an exact solution of the nonlinear field equations for the interacting pair in a particular deeply bound state. This solution reveals the observed facts, including the energy separation of 2m from the asymptotic state where the particles can be assumed to be (almost) free, and the prediction of two distinguishable currents whose phases are correlated by a 90? difference and are polarized in a common plane that is perpendicular to the direction of propagation of interaction with a detecting apparatus. The paradox disappears essentially because of the rejection by this theory (in principle and in the exact mathematical formalism) of anyphysical description in terms of truly uncoupled partial systems.