- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (May 16, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470848359
- ISBN-13: 978-0470848357
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Modern Cosmology 2nd Edition
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"...complete and up-to-date...an excellent introduction of cosmology, and at this level it is hard to beat...highly recommended." (Choice, Vol. 41, No. 6, February 2004)
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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
"...one of the clearest introductions to cosmology on the market" Contemporary Physics
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Top customer reviews
Bottom line is that if any of that sounds interesting to you and you can gain quite a lot just from reading the text and thinking about the relationships between the variables in the equations presented with college student's background or less. If you want to study it more deeply, you can do that too!
It covers a lot of topics: the main part is dedicated to the big-bang model, with concise (but clear) introductions to dark matter/energy, nucleosynthesis, CMB (cosmic microwave background) and inflation. Each chapter of the book is accompanied by some problems, that are a good way to check if you have understood the context.
Acceptable binding and paperback cover: it's not the best (even if good quality), but it's probably the right compromise for the reasonable price.
Remark that there is the 3rd edition now: I hope it can be an extra improvement to this already excellent book...
Highly recommended to interested readers.