Cosmology

Hardcover | March 4, 2008

bySteven Weinberg

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This book is unique in the detailed, self-contained, and comprehensive treatment that it gives to the ideas and formulas that are used and tested in modern cosmological research. It divides into two parts, each of which provides enough material for a one-semester graduate course. The firstpart deals chiefly with the isotropic and homogeneous average universe; the second part concentrates on the departures from the average universe. Throughout the book the author presents detailed analytic calculations of cosmological phenomena, rather than just report results obtained elsewhere bynumerical computation. The book is up to date, and gives detailed accounts of topics such as recombination, microwave background polarization, leptogenesis, gravitational lensing, structure formation, and multifield inflation, that are usually treated superficially if at all in treatises oncosmology. Copious references to current research literature are supplied. Appendices include a brief introduction to general relativity, and a detailed derivation of the Boltzmann equation for photons and neutrinos used in calculations of cosmological evolution. Also provided is an assortment ofproblems.

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This book is unique in the detailed, self-contained, and comprehensive treatment that it gives to the ideas and formulas that are used and tested in modern cosmological research. It divides into two parts, each of which provides enough material for a one-semester graduate course. The firstpart deals chiefly with the isotropic and hom...

Professor Steven Weinberg Jack S. Josey-Welch Foundation Chair in Science and Regental Professor and Director, Theory Research Group Department of Physics University of Texas at Austin Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979 National Medal of Science, 1991 Benjamin Franklin Prize, American P...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.42 inPublished:March 4, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198526822

ISBN - 13:9780198526827

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Table of Contents

1. The Expansion of the Universe2. The Cosmic Microwave Radiation Background3. The Early Universe4. Inflation5. General Theory of Cosmological Fluctuations6. Evolution of Cosmological Fluctuations7. Anisotropies in the Microwave Sky8. The Growth of Structure9. Gravitational Lensing10. Fluctuations from InflationAppendicesA. Some Useful NumbersB. Review of General RelativityC. Energy Transfer Between Radiation and ElectronsD. The Ergodic TheoremE. Gaussian DistributionsF. Newtonian CosmologyG. Photon PolarizationH. The Relativistic Boltzmann EquationNotationGlossary of SymbolsAssorted Problems

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`This book tackles the main events of today's cosmology: cosmic acceleration observed with supernovae, the exquisite structure of the cosmic microwave background, and the evidence for dark matter. Weinberg pays close attention to the historical development and summarizes the observations withcare. He brings deep knowledge of the underlying physics and weaves these threads together into a rich text that will be of great value to astronomers and physicists. The first half of this book is a wonderful introduction to cosmology, suitable for a graduate course or for someone coming into thefield from a neighboring region of the scientific forest. The second half is an original development of the theory for the growth of inhomogeneities in the Universe. Everyone who works on cosmology will find something to learn in this book. 'Robert P. Kirshner, Harvard University