- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 13, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521575982
- ISBN-13: 978-0521575980
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cosmological Inflation and Large-Scale Structure
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"[Liddle's and Lyth's] depth knowledge and expertise provide a rock-solid foundation for this book, which is carefully constructed, well-written, well-organized, and crystal clear in its presentaton of what can appear to be a complex and broad range of topics. The narrow, deep focus of the book allows the reader to study the main topics in careful detail...Liddle and Lyth have produced a highly focused, fantastically useful book...should be useful to students and practitioners in the field for many years to come." Physics Today
"...a detailed and well-written description of inflationary theory and its implications for the theory of formation of the large scale structure of the universe...a must for those who want to study modern cosmology." Professor Andrei Linde, Stanford University
"...clearly written and will be very useful to students, providing a very valuable entry to the literature [in this] fast-developing field." Professor Neil Turok, University of Cambridge
"Both Liddle and Lyth have been active contributors to important developments in the fields of inflation and large-scale structure for well over a decade. Their depth of knowledge and expertise provide a rock-solid foundation for this book, which is carefully constructed, well-written, well-organized, and crysta; clear in its presentation.... The book is ideal for an advanced undergraduate course in cosmology that focuses on inflation and large-scale structure. ....In sum, Liddle and Lyth have produced a highly focused, fantastically useful book....Inflation and large-scale structure are fast-moving, rapidly developing fields, yet the basics are unlikely to change in the near future." Ruth A. Daly, Pennsylvania State University; Physics Today
This textbook provides graduate students with a thorough and up-to-date introduction to inflationary cosmology--currently the most promising theory for the origin of structure in the Universe. Enormous progress has been made in this area in the last few years and this book is the first to provide a modern and unified overview. It covers all aspects of the theory and careful compares predictions with the latest observations. With the host of international experiments currently underway, inflationary cosmology promises to be one of the most fruitful topics of research in science in the next decade and this book provides graduate students with the ideal introduction.
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Starting with a small introduction about the hot Big Bang, the authors go on to an in-depth treatment of inflation and its consequences. The simplest model is then exposed and developed into its extensions, such as the Lambda-CDM model, the currently accepted model of inflationary cosmology.
Needless to say, the book offers also a fairly detailed treatment of the CMB and its anisotropies, acoustic oscillations and perturbation theory, and the CMB power spectrum, which are the latest tools in cosmological research.
However, those who are looking for a complete treatment of CMB anisotropies will not find it here.They could turn, for instance, to many articles on arxiv, e.g.the one by Ruth Durrer (astro-ph/0109522)which develops this subject in more detail.
All in all, this book by Liddle and Lyth will probably serve as a textbook on cosmology for the coming ten years.