Glossary term: Cosmos

Description: The term cosmos captures the grandeur of everything and has deep philosophical roots. Although the term cosmos is used synonymously with Universe, they do have subtle differences. Cosmos comes from the Greek word kosmos, which roughly implies harmony or order, and is an all-encompassing term for the ordered arrangement of a system, of which the Universe is a part. Although, it could be argued that the Universe is itself an ordered system, and hence can be referred to as the cosmos. Because ordered systems can to a degree be described by physical laws, the word "cosmos" can be extended to capture the idea of a world that can be explained by physical laws.

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