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Is the Universe Open or Closed?: The Density of Matter in the Universe
     

Is the Universe Open or Closed?: The Density of Matter in the Universe

by Peter Coles, George Ellis, Peter Goddard
 

ISBN-10: 0521566894

ISBN-13: 9780521566896

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This controversial book examines one of the most fundamental questions of modern cosmology: how much matter is there in the Universe? This issue affects theories of the origin and evolution of the Universe as well as its geometrical structure and ultimate fate. The authors address this debate and point out the most likely avenues for determining the actual

Overview

This controversial book examines one of the most fundamental questions of modern cosmology: how much matter is there in the Universe? This issue affects theories of the origin and evolution of the Universe as well as its geometrical structure and ultimate fate. The authors address this debate and point out the most likely avenues for determining the actual density of Universe matter in both visible and invisible forms by pulling together evidence from all available sources. They conclude that the balance of arguments presently lies with a density of around twenty percent of the critical density required for the Universe to ultimately recollapse. Written by two eminent cosmologists, this topical and provocative book will be essential reading for all cosmologists and astrophysicists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521566896
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics Series , #7
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Theoretical arguments; 3. Cosmological observations; 4. Element abundances; 5. Astrophysical arguments; 6. Large-scale structure; 7. The cosmic microwave background; 8. More realistic universe models; 9. What is the verdict?; References; Index.

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