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An Introduction to Cosmology

An Introduction to Cosmology

3rd Edition

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  • Author: J. V. Narlikar, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India
  • Date Published: February 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521793766

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  • The third edition of this successful textbook is fully updated and includes important recent developments in cosmology. It begins with an introduction to cosmology and general relativity, and goes on to cover the mathematical models of standard cosmology. The physical aspects of cosmology, including primordial nucleosynthesis, the astroparticle physics of inflation, and the current ideas on structure formation are discussed. Alternative models of cosmology are reviewed, including the model of Quasi-Steady State Cosmology, which has recently been proposed as an alternative to Big Bang Cosmology.

    • Fully updated third edition of the successful introductory textbook on modern Cosmology
    • Suitable for teaching courses on cosmology at advanced undergraduate/graduate student level
    • Hundreds of exercises to test understanding of the text
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    '… the quality of the text is at the high level the author's reputation would suggest ≥'. Astronomy & Geophysics

    '… a really excellent set of lecture notes which add up to a very accessible text on what is often misrepresented as an extremely esoteric subject … due to its clarity, straight-forward style, and scope, this book has long been a favourite of students.' Dominic Clancy, The Observatory

    'The student can gain some early practice by looking at the examples presented here. They will also obtain a rigorous overview of the present observational data that will need to be incorporated into any model that wishes to displace present big bang cosmology.' Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521793766
    • length: 560 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 202 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Sir Fred Hoyle
    Preface to the first edition
    Preface to the second edition
    1. The large-scale structure of the universe
    2. The general theory of relativity
    3. From relativity to cosmology
    4. The Friedman models
    5. Relics of the Big Bang
    6. The very early universe
    7. The formation of large scale structure of the universe
    8. Alternative cosmologies
    9. Cosmologies with creation of matter
    10. Observational tests of cosmological significance
    11. Observations of distant parts of the universe
    12. A critical overview of cosmology
    Table of constants

  • Author

    J. V. Narlikar, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India

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