The State of the Universe: A Primer in Modern Cosmology

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It is science's last and greatest challenge: fathoming the depths of the night sky. The objective: to crack the cosmic code, to unravel the blueprint for natures grandest conception, a machine constructed on an unimaginably vast scale the Universe itself. Vast and also complex Today's model of an expanding Universe the big bang cosmology is actually built on principles derived from a few simple mathematical equations. Gravity-warped space time, quantum mechanics, the physics of the subatomic these crucial ...
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Overview

It is science's last and greatest challenge: fathoming the depths of the night sky. The objective: to crack the cosmic code, to unravel the blueprint for natures grandest conception, a machine constructed on an unimaginably vast scale the Universe itself. Vast and also complex Today's model of an expanding Universe the big bang cosmology is actually built on principles derived from a few simple mathematical equations. Gravity-warped space time, quantum mechanics, the physics of the subatomic these crucial insights, stemming from Einsteins revolutionary theories of relativity, have led to a simple and elegant framework within which the whole of the Universe, over billions of years, has been described. But recent evidence has begun to make wrinkles in the neat fabric of the big bang cosmology. There is now overwhelming evidence that there is far more stuff in the Universe than we can see. What, and where, is this dark matter? And it now appears that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating: something out there some exotic dark energy is acting against gravity to push space and time apart. While offering a critical view of how all the pieces in our current model fit together, Pedro Ferreira argues that Einsteins Universe may be just another stepping stone towards a new, more profound and effective cosmology in the future.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780753822562
  • Publisher: Phoenix Press, WC2
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 996,948
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Pedro G. Ferreira is a Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and a Tutor and Fellow of Oriel College. He studied physics at the Technical University of Lisbon and obtained a doctorate from Imperial College, London in 1995. He was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2000.
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  • Posted March 22, 2009

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    Cosmology Primer

    This book is a fantastic cosmology primer. I have a penchant for reading physics books and this one describes all the missing pieces I have about cosmology. Many of you have probably heard of dark matter, he explains why scientists think this exists, rather than just going on about trying to prove it. He lays down some necessary basics like how we measure the distances to stars and galaxies and how me measure the speeds that they are traveling. It uses the vast amounts of new data we now have thanks to Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer, COBE and the WMAP satellites and tells the reader with clear explanations what it all means as relating to our current standard model. Or lacking complete understanding of an area, he expounds on the latest theories that physicists are grappling with in trying to unify physics. Overall, this is a great book with a lot of information succinctly delivered to give the reader an excellent primer on modern cosmology.

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