# Cosmological Physics (Cambridge Astrophysics)

Cambridge University Press

Edition: First Edition., 12/28/1998

EAN 9780521422703, ISBN10: 0521422701

Paperback, 696 pages, 24.6 x 17.5 x 3.3 cm

Language: English

This textbook provides advanced undergraduate and graduate students with a complete introduction to modern cosmology. It successfully bridges the gap between undergraduate and advanced graduate texts by discussing topics of current research, starting from first principles. Throughout this authoritative volume, emphasis is given to the simplest, most intuitive explanation for key equations used by researchers. The first third of the book carefully develops the necessary background in general relativity and quantum fields. The rest of the book then provides self-contained accounts of all the key topics in contemporary cosmology, including inflation, topological defects, gravitational lensing, galaxy formation, large-scale structure and the distance scale. To aid understanding, the book is well illustrated with helpful figures and includes outline solutions to nearly 100 problems. All necessary astronomical jargon is clearly explained, ensuring the book is self-contained for any student with undergraduate physics.

Part I. Gravitation and Relativity

1. Essentials of general relativity

2. Astrophysical relativity

Part II. Classical Cosmology

3. The isotropic universe

4. Gravitational lensing

5. The age and distance scales

Part III. Basics of Quantum Fields

6. Quantum mechanics and relativity

7. Quantum field theory

8. The standard model and beyond

Part IV. The Early Universe

9. The hot big bang

10. Topological defects

11. Inflationary cosmology

Part V. Observational Cosmology

12. Matter in the universe

13. Galaxies and their evolution

14. Active galaxies

15. Dynamics of structure formation

16. Cosmological density fields

17. Galaxy formation

18. Cosmic background fluctuations

Hints for solutions to the problems

Bibliography and references

Useful numbers and formulae

Index.

'I know no other book that covers these wide-ranging topics with such authority.' Sir Martin Rees, FRS, University of Cambridge