Cosmology: The Science of the Universe

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 16, 2000 - Science - 567 pages
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Cosmology: The Science of the Universe is a broad introduction to the science of modern cosmology, with emphasis on its historical origins. The first edition of this best-selling book received worldwide acclaim for its lucid style and wide-ranging exploration of the universe. This eagerly awaited second edition updates and greatly extends the first with seven new chapters that explore early scientific cosmology, Cartesian and Newtonian world systems, cosmology after Newton and before Einstein, special relativity, observational cosmology, inflation and creation of the universe. All chapters conclude with a section entitled Reflections containing provocative topics that will foster lively debate. The new Projects section, also at the end of each chapter, raises questions and issues to challenge the reader.
  

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Wonderfully written and clear, enriched with delightful historical and philosophical perspectives, and largely free of mathematics that would be burdensome to the non-mathematician. When progressing ... Read full review

Contents

What is cosmology?
13
The anthropometric universe
19
Projects
25
The Epicurean universe
33
Reflections
42
Cartesian and Newtonian world
49
Cosmology after Newton
66
The new astronomy
73
Projects
299
The three redshifts
306
Reflections
314
Projects
320
Expanding cosmic sphere
326
Why does Newtonian cosmology
332
The cosmic box
339
Where has all the energy gone?
348

Fall of the Victorian universe
80
Stars
87
Inside the stars
93
Birth of stars
100
Projects
110
Further reading
111
Radio galaxies and quasars
126
Perfect cosmological principle
141
Design argument
155
Space and time
169
Projects
184
Riemannian spaces
198
Reflections
214
Theory of general relativity
228
Projects
243
Superholes
257
Expansion of the universe
270
The expanding space paradigm
275
Measuring the expansion of
285
Reflections
292
The many universes
355
Oscillating universes
362
Observational cosmology
387
Is the universe open or closed?
403
The early universe
413
The first second
419
Grand unified era
427
Projects
435
The horizon riddle
441
The particle horizon
447
Reflections
454
Inflation
458
Projects
472
Reflections
486
The paradox resolved
499
Creation of the universe
515
Reflections
528
Intelligent life
542
Appendix Fundamental quantities
555
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