From the reviews:
“The many ambitious aims of this book are: A noval approach to uncover the dark faces of the Standard Model of Cosmology. To present the global properties of World Models and their topology. To explain the arrow of time in a Universe with a positive cosmological constant Lambda and the consequences of Lambda for our Universe. … Graduate students in physics with interest in astrophysics and cosmology can use the book … . The Glossary is helpful for the beginner.” (Johannes Viktor Feitzinger, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1241, 2012)
“This book is a collection of three self-contained main contributions and an appendix, each from different authors, on current fundamental questions and new developments in cosmology. It is so structured that general readers can also follow the main ideas. The two longest chapters (written by Fred C. Adams and Thomas Buchert, respectively) contain appendices (at the level of an undergraduate textbook) with formulas specifying the basic descriptions.” (Wolfgang Hasse, Mathematical Reviews, January, 2013)
"...The Multiversal book series is equally unique, providing book-length extensions of the lectures with enough additional depth for those who truly want to explore these fields, while also providing the kind of clarity that is appropriate for interested lay people to grasp the general principles involved." - Lawrence M. Krauss
Cosmic Update covers:
The material is presented in a layperson-friendly language followed by additional technical sections which explain basic equations and principles. This feature is very attractive to readers who want to learn more about the theories involved beyond the basic description.
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