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Principles of physical cosmology

Author: P J E Peebles
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1993.
Series: Princeton series in physics.
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"During the last twenty years, dramatic improvements in methods of observing astrophysical phenomena from the ground and in space have added to our knowledge of what the universe is like now and what it was like in the past, going back to the hot big bang. In this overview of today's physical cosmology, P.J.E. Peebles shows how observation has combined with theoretical elements to establish the subject as a mature  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: P J E Peebles
ISBN: 0691074283 9780691074283 0691019339 9780691019338
OCLC Number: 26806095
Description: xviii, 718 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. The Development of Physical Cosmology. 1. The Standard Cosmological Model. 2. Mach's Principle and the Cosmological Principle. 3. The Realm of the Nebulae. 4. Einstein's World Model. 5. The Expanding Universe. 6. The Thermal Cosmic Background Radiation. 7. Alternative Cosmologies --
II. General Relativity and Cosmology. 8. General Covariance. 9. Motions of Free Test Particles. 10. Field Equations. 11. Wall, String, and Spherical Solutions. 12. Robertson-Walker Geometry. 13. Neoclassical Cosmological Tests. 14. Cosmology in an Inhomogeneous Universe --
III. Topics in Modern Cosmology. 15. Challenges for the Standard Model. 16. Walls, Strings, Monopolies, and Textures. 17. Inflation. 18. Dark Matter. 19. Measures of the Galaxy Distribution. 20. Dynamical Mass Measures. 21. The Large-Scale Mass Distribution. 22. Gravitational Evolution. 23. Young Galaxies and the Intergalactic Medium. 24. Diffuse Matter and the Cosmic Radiation Backgrounds. 25. Galaxy Formation. 26. Lessons and Issues.
Series Title: Princeton series in physics.
Responsibility: P.J.E. Peebles.
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During the past years, dramatic improvements in methods of observing astrophysical phenomena space have added to our knowledge of the universe. This book presents an overview of physical cosmology,  Read more...

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"Nothing is more badly needed than a solid but accessible book on cosmology, written by an insider who has not lost his or her skepticism, Peeble's new book fills the bill admirably."--Nature

 
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