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An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-84834-0
188 pages
May 2003
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A concise, accessible introduction to this exciting and dynamic subject.
* Adopts an approach grounded in physics rather than mathematics.
* Includes worked examples and student problems, along with hints for solving them and the numerical answers.
* Many reviewers have commented that this is one of the best 'introductory undergraduate level' texts on the subject and they would all welcome a Second Edition.
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Constants conversion factors and symbols.

1. A (Very) Brief History of Cosmological Ideas.

2. Observational Overview.

3. Newtonian Gravity.

4. The Geometry  of the Universe.

5. Simple Cosmological Models.

6.Observational Parameters.

7. The Cosmological Constant.

8. The Age of the Universe.

9. The Density of the Universe and Dark Matter.

10. The Cosmic Microwave Background.

11. The Early Universe.

12. Nucleosynthesis: The Origin of the Light Elements.

13. The Inflationary Universe.

14. The Initial Singularity.

15. Overview: The Standard Cosmological Model.

Advanced Topic 1: General Relativistic Cosmology

Advanced Topic 2: Classic Cosmology: Distances and Luminosities.

Advanced Topic 3: Neutrino Cosmology.

Advanced Topic 4: Baryogenesis.

Advanced Topic 5: Structures in the Universe.


Numerical answers and hints to problems.


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Andrew Liddle is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sussex. Research interests include the origin and evolution of structure in the universe and the relation between astronomical observations and the physics of the early universe.
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The Second Edition includes additiional material on observational cosmology and structure formation.
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An Introduction to Modern Cosmology Second Edition is an accessible account of modern cosmological ideas.  The Big Bang Cosmology is explored, looking at its observational successes in explaining the expansion and age of the universe, the existence and properties of the cosmic microwave background, and the origin of the light elements in the universe.  Properties of the very early universe are also covered, including the motivation for the theory known as cosmological inflation.  The Second Edition includes additiional material on observational cosmology and structure formation.
  • Approach grounded in physics rather than mathematics.
  • Worked examples, student problems, hints for solving them and numerical answers.
  • Latest observational results including WMAP satellite.
  • New website with updates, full colour images and links to further information.

Published reviews of the First Edition:

"..a clear, concise and accessible book"  New Scientist

" of the clearest introductions to cosmology on the market"  Contemporary Physics

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