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Overview

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 detailed background 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 that underlie modern theories of relativity and cosmology; the importance of data and observations is stressed throughout.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198530961
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/25/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 496,713
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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 and numerical simulations. He has taught an introductory course in cosmology for undergraduates at the University of Virginia since 1989.

Katherine A. Holcomb received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked on numerical simulations of a variety of physical systems, including cosmology, relativistic plasma theory, and climate. She is currently employed at the University of Virginia in research computing support.

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Table of Contents

1. In the beginning
2. Cosmology becomes a science
3. Newton's machine
4. Lighting the worlds
5. The lives of the stars
6. Infinite space and absolute time
7. The special theory of relativity
8. The general theory of relativity
9. Black holes
10. The expanding universe
11. Modeling the universe
12. The early universe
13. Testing the models
14. A message from the big bang
15. Dark matter and large-scale structure
16. The inflationary universe
17. The edge of time
A. Scientific notation
B. Units
C. Physical and astronomical constants

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