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Foundations of modern cosmology / John F. Hawley and Katherine A. Holcomb.



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Hawley, John Frederick.
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2nd ed. - Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Book
  • xiv, 554 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [537]-541) and index.
  • 1. In the beginning-- 2. Cosmology becomes a science-- 3. Newton's machine-- 4. Lighting the worlds-- 5. The lives of the stars-- 6. Infinite space and absolute time-- 7. The special theory of relativity-- 8. The general theory of relativity-- 9. Black holes-- 10. The expanding universe-- 11. Modeling the universe-- 12. The early universe-- 13. Testing the models-- 14. A message from the big bang-- 15. Dark matter and large-scale structure-- 16. The inflationary universe-- 17. The edge of time-- A. Scientific notation-- B. Units-- C. Physical and astronomical constants.
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Publisher's Summary:
Recent discoveries in astronomy, especially those made with data collected by satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, have revolutionized the science of cosmology. These new observations offer the possibility that some long-standing mysteries in cosmology might be answered, including such fundamental questions as the ultimate fate of the universe. Foundations of modern cosmology provides an accessible, thorough and descriptive introduction to the physical basis for modern cosmological theory, from the big bang to a distant future dominated by dark energy. This second edition includes the latest observational results and provides the detailed background material necessary to understand their implications, with a focus on the specific model supported by these observations, the concordance model. Consistent with the book's title, emphasis is given to the scientific framework for cosmology, particularly the basics concepts of physics that underlie modern theories of relativity and cosmology; the importance of data and observations is stressed throughout.The book sketches the historical background of cosmology, and provides a review of the relevant basic physics and astronomy. After this introduction, both special and general relativity are treated, before proceeding to an in-depth discussion of the big bang theory and physics of the early universe. The book includes current research areas, including dark matter and structure formation, dark energy, the inflationary universe, and quantum cosmology. The authors' website (http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~jh8h/Foundations) offers a wealth of supplemental information, including questions and answers, references to other sources, and updates on the latest discoveries.
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Holcomb, Katherine A., 1957-

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