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Introduction to Modern Cosmology

ISBN-10: 0470848359
ISBN-13: 9780470848357
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
Authors: Andrew Liddle
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Description: Cosmology is an increasingly high profile subject, and many universities are attempting to bring it into a fuller role in the undergraduate syllabus. This book uses Newtonian theory to offer a detailed discussion of the evidence for the Big Bang.

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Book details

List price: $47.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Cosmology is an increasingly high profile subject, and many universities are attempting to bring it into a fuller role in the undergraduate syllabus. This book uses Newtonian theory to offer a detailed discussion of the evidence for the Big Bang.

Preface
Constants, conversion factors and symbols
A (Very) Brief History of Cosmological Ideas
Observational Overview
In visible light
In other wavebands
Homogeneity and isotropy
The expansion of the Universe
Particles in the Universe
What particles are there?
Thermal distributions and the black-body spectrum
Newtonian Gravity
The Friedmann equation
On the meaning of the expansion
Things that go faster than light
The fluid equation
The acceleration equation
On mass, energy and vanishing factors of c[superscript 2]
The Geometry of the Universe
Flat geometry
Spherical geometry
Hyperbolic geometry
Infinite and observable Universes
Where did the Big Bang happen?
Three values of k
Simple Cosmological Models
Hubble's law
Expansion and redshift
Solving the equations
Matter
Radiation
Mixtures
Particle number densities
Evolution including curvature
Observational Parameters
The expansion rate H[subscript 0]
The desnity parameter [Omega subscript 0]
The deceleration parameter q[subscript 0]
The Cosmological Constant
Introducing [Lambda]
Fluid description of [Lambda]
Cosmological models with [Lambda]
The Age of the Universe
The Density of the Universe and Dark Matter
Weighing the Universe
Counting stars
Nucleosynthesis foreshadowed
Galaxy rotation curves
Galaxy cluster composition
Bulk motions in the Universe
The formation of structure
The geometry of the Universe and the brightness of supernovae
Overview
What might the dark matter be?
Dark matter searches
The Cosmic Microwave Background
Properties of the microwave background
The photon to baryon ratio
The origin of the microwave background
The origin of the microwave background (advanced)
The Early Universe
Nucleosynthesis: The Origin of the Light Elements
Hydrogen and Helium
Comparing with observations
Contrasting decoupling and nucleosynthesis
The Inflationary Universe
Problems with the Hot Big Bang
The flatness problem
The horizon problem
Relic particle abundances
Inflationary expansion
Solving the Big Bang problems
The flatness problem
The horizon problem
Relic particle abundances
How much inflation?
Inflation and particle physics
The Initial Singularity
Overview: The Standard Cosmological Model
General Relativistic Cosmology
The metric of space-time
The Einstein equations
Aside: Topology of the Universe
Classic Cosmology: Distances and Luminosities
Light propagation and redshift
The observable Universe
Luminosity distance
Angular diameter distance
Source counts
Neutrino Cosmology
The massless case
Massive neutrinos
Light neutrinos
Heavy neutrinos
Neutrinos and structure formation
Baryogenesis
Structures in the Universe
The observed structures
Gravitational instability
The clustering of galaxies
Cosmic microwave background anisotropies
Statistical description of anisotropies
Computing the C[subscript l]
Microwave background observations
Spatial geometry
The origin of structure
Bibliography
Numerical answers and hints to problems
Index

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