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Foundations of Modern Cosmology. John F. Hawley , Katherine A. Recent discoveries in astronomy, especially those made with data collected by satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, have revolutionized the science of cosmology. These new observations offer the possibility that some long-standing mysteries in cosmology might be answered, including such fundamental questions as the ultimate fate of the universe.

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. The book sketches the historical background of cosmology, and provides a review of the relevant basic physics and astronomy. After this introduction, both special and general relativity are treated, before proceeding to an in-depth discussion of the big bang theory and physics of the early universe.

The book includes current research areas, including dark matter and structure formation, dark energy, the inflationary universe, and quantum cosmology. Foundations of Modern Cosmology John F.

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Foundations of Modern Cosmology

Recent discoveries in astronomy, especially those made with data collected by satellites such as the Cosmic Background Explorer and the Hubble Space Telescope, have brought cosmology to the forefront of science. New observations hold out the tantalizing possibility that the solutions to some especially elusive mysteries might be found in the near future. Despite an increase in public interest in black holes and the origins of the universe, however, the unavoidable lack of context with which discoveries are reported prevents most people from understanding the issues or appreciating the true significance of the new data. Popular books on cosmology abound, but often they present the subject as a series of "just so" stories, since some basic physics is a prerequisite for comprehending how cosmology fits into modern science. The lay reader may well have trouble distinguishing knowledge from speculation, and science from mythology.


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