Physical Foundations of Cosmology
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- Author: Viatcheslav Mukhanov, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
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Inflationary cosmology has been developed over the last twenty years to remedy serious shortcomings in the standard hot big bang model of the universe. Taking an original approach, this textbook explains the basis of modern cosmology and shows where the theoretical results come from. The book is divided into two parts; the first deals with the homogeneous and isotropic model of the Universe, the second part discusses how inhomogeneities can explain its structure. Established material such as the inflation and quantum cosmological perturbation are presented in great detail.Read more
- Presents detailed derivations of all basic results needed in cosmology, including robust predictions of inflation
- Contains an analytical treatment of nucleosynthesis, recombination and CMB fluctuations
- Provides elementary introductions to more advanced topics
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Mukhanov has written an excellent text in cosmology for students who have a good understanding of theoretical physics at the undergraduate level.
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"This book contains a thorough and modern introduction to physical cosmology...There is much in this book for experts as well as serious students of cosmology. Anyone mastering the second part of it will have a firm foundation for frontier research in theoretical cosmology."
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- Date Published: February 2006
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511133190
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Table of Contents
Part I. Homogeneous Isotropic Universe:
1. Kinematics and dynamics of an expanding universe
2. Propagation of light and horizons
3. The hot universe
4. The very early universe
5. Inflation I: homogeneous limit
Part II. Inhomogeneous Universe:
6. Gravitational instability in Newtonian theory
7. Gravitational instability in general relativity
8. Inflation II: origin of the primordial inhomogeneities
9. Cosmic microwave background anisotropies
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