Modern Cosmology in Retrospect

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B. Bertotti, R. Balbinot, S. Bergia, A. Messina
Cambridge University Press, Oct 25, 1990 - Science - 426 pages
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This volume recounts the development of modern cosmology, in chapters contributed by many of the leading protagonists. Modern cosmology aims to determine the origin, evolution, and ultimate fate of the universe. It is an area of modern science that has engendered fierce debates that have captured public interest. This is an absorbing account of physical and observational cosmology, the great cosmological debates, important observations and the riddle of the dark matter. The enormous controversy surrounding the Big Bang theory is retold in personal recollections from H. Bondi, W. McCrea, and Fred Hoyle. Next are three chapters on the discovery of cosmic radio waves and the contributions made by radio astronomers to current cosmology. The book concludes with a tribute to some of the pioneers of cosmology. This is fascinating reading for astronomers, professional cosmologists, general physicists, historians, philosophers of science and general readers.
 

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Contents

Cosmology a peculiar science
3
Olbers Paradox in recent times
33
The part played by Machs Principle in the genesis of relativistic
47
The mysterious lore of Large Numbers
67
the transition to the
97
Early inhomogeneous cosmological models in Einsteins theory
115
Early work on bigbang cosmology and the cosmic blackbody
129
a personal
159
U S Observatories
247
Discovery of the cosmic microwave background
291
radio stars and
309
Radio source counts
331
The discovery of quasars
347
Carl Wilhelm Wirtz a pioneer in observational cosmology
365
the
401
Revisiting Fritz Zwicky
415

The cosmological scene 19451952
189
An assessment of the evidence against the steadystate theory
221

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