Foundations Of Modern Cosmology

Hardcover | July 7, 2005

byJohn F. Hawley, Katherine A. Holcomb

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Recent discoveries in astronomy, especially those made with data collected by satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, have revolutionized the science of cosmology. These new observations offer the possibility that some long-standing mysteriesin cosmology might be answered, including such fundamental questions as the ultimate fate of the universe.Foundations of modern cosmology provides an accessible, thorough and descriptive introduction to the physical basis for modern cosmological theory, from the big bang to a distant future dominated by dark energy. This second edition includes the latest observational results and provides the detailedbackground material necessary to understand their implications, with a focus on the specific model supported by these observations, the concordance model. Consistent with the book's title, emphasis is given to the scientific framework for cosmology, particularly the basics concepts of physics thatunderlie modern theories of relativity and cosmology; the importance of data and observations is stressed throughout. The book sketches the historical background of cosmology, and provides a review of the relevant basic physics and astronomy. After this introduction, both special and generalrelativity are treated, before proceeding to an in-depth discussion of the big bang theory and physics of the early universe. The book includes current research areas, including dark matter and structure formation, dark energy, the inflationary universe, and quantum cosmology. The authors' website(http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~jh8h/Foundations) offers a wealth of supplemental information, including questions and answers, references to other sources, and updates on the latest discoveries.

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Recent discoveries in astronomy, especially those made with data collected by satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, have revolutionized the science of cosmology. These new observations offer the possibility that some long-standing mysteriesin cosmology might be answered, including s...

John F. Hawley is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. His research interests include black holes, accretion disks, and large-scale numerical modeling of astrophysical systems. He was the 1993 recipient of the Helen B. Warner Prize from the American Astronomical Society for his contributions to accretion disk theory ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:568 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.32 inPublished:July 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019853096X

ISBN - 13:9780198530961

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Table of Contents

1. In the beginning2. Cosmology becomes a science3. Newton's machine4. Lighting the worlds5. The lives of the stars6. Infinite space and absolute time7. The special theory of relativity8. The general theory of relativity9. Black holes10. The expanding universe11. Modeling the universe12. The early universe13. Testing the models14. A message from the big bang15. Dark matter and large-scale structure16. The inflationary universe17. The edge of timeA. Scientific notationB. UnitsC. Physical and astronomical constants

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`Review from previous edition "Foundations of Modern Cosmology" by John F. Hawley and Katherine A. Holcomb is a welcome addition to the list of college-level astronomy textbooks for nonscience majors. [...] Hawley and Holcomb bring to their writing valuable first-hand knowledge andaccomplishment in relativistic astrophysics research. Their book reflects the carefuldevelopment that occurs only when a textbook is written after years of teaching the material.'Paul Shapiro, Physics Today, Vol 52, No. 5, May 1999 pg 70-73