Introduction to Cosmology

Introduction to Cosmology

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Barbara Ryden
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2, 11/17/2016
EAN 9781107154834, ISBN10: 1107154839

Hardcover, 276 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

This second edition of Introduction to Cosmology is an exciting update of an award-winning textbook. It is aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students in physics and astronomy, but is also useful as a supplementary text at higher levels. It explains modern cosmological concepts, such as dark energy, in the context of the Big Bang theory. Its clear, lucid writing style, with a wealth of useful everyday analogies, makes it exceptionally engaging. Emphasis is placed on the links between theoretical concepts of cosmology and the observable properties of the universe, building deeper physical insights in the reader. The second edition includes recent observational results, fuller descriptions of special and general relativity, expanded discussions of dark energy, and a new chapter on baryonic matter that makes up stars and galaxies. It is an ideal textbook for the era of precision cosmology in the accelerating universe.

Preface to second edition
Preface to first edition
1. Introduction
2. Fundamental observations
3. Newton versus Einstein
4. Cosmic dynamics
5. Model universes
6. Measuring cosmological parameters
7. Dark matter
8. The cosmic microwave background
9. Nucleosynthesis and the early Universe
10. Inflation and the very early Universe
11. Structure formation
gravitational instability
12. Structure formation
baryons and photons
Table of useful constants