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Introduction to cosmology

Author: Barbara Sue Ryden
Publisher: San Francisco : Addison-Wesley, ©2003.
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Introduction to Cosmology provides a rare combination of a solid foundation of the core physical concepts of cosmology and the most recent astronomical observations. The book is designed for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students and assumes no prior knowledge of general relativity. An emphasis is placed on developing the readers' physical insight rather than losing them with complex math. An  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ryden, Barbara Sue.
Introduction to cosmology.
San Francisco : Addison-Wesley, ©2003
(OCoLC)624192349
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Sue Ryden
ISBN: 0805389121 9780805389128
OCLC Number: 50478401
Description: ix, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Fundamental Observations --
Newton Versus Einstein --
Cosmic Dynamics --
Single-Component Universes --
Multiple-Component Universes --
Measuring Cosmological Parameters --
Dark Matter --
The Cosmic Microwave Background --
Nucleosynthesis and the Early Universe --
Inflation and the Very Early Universe --
The Formation of Structure.
Responsibility: Barbara Ryden.

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Introduction to Cosmology provides a rare combination of a solid foundation of the core physical concepts of cosmology and the most recent astronomical observations. The book is designed for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students and assumes no prior knowledge of general relativity. An emphasis is placed on developing the readers' physical insight rather than losing them with complex math. An approachable writing style and wealth of fresh and imaginative analogies from "everyday" physics are used to make the concepts of cosmology more accessible. The book is unique in that it not only includes recent major developments in cosmology, like the cosmological constant and accelerating universe, but also anticipates key developments expected in the next few years, such as detailed results on the cosmic microwave background. For anyone interested in cosmology or astronomy.

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