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Introduction to Cosmology Second Edition Matts Roos University of Helsinki, Finland This second edition of the very successful Introduction to Cosmology provides an authoritative yet concise study of cosmology at an introductory level. Beginning with elementary aspects, it will lead students on to some of the most advanced concepts, including relativity, cosmic inflation, phase transitions and galaxy formation. Fully illustrated and comprehensively referenced with problems at the end of each chapter, Introduction to Cosmology, Second Edition offers the following new features:
* Thorough examination of the Hubble parameter and the age of the Universe with reference to measurement techniques
* Completely new section on gravitational lenses and other tests of general relativity
* Expanded sections on dark matter, black holes and cosmic microwave background
Praise for the First Edition 'Introduction to Cosmology is first class.Even more students will want to become cosmologists with a book like this.Roos has got it right' -New Scientist 'It is rare to find an elementary discussion of such findings, and the book should prove a useful addition to more astronomically oriented introductory discussions of cosmology.Roos's text serves a useful niche in the undergraduate market'-Physics Today 'It is well recommended for undergraduates of physics or astrophysics'-Popular Astronomy
Synopsis
The Third Edition of ‘
Introduction to Cosmology’provides an authoritative yet concise study of cosmology at an introductory level. Starting from elementary principles and the history of cosmology, the text carefully guides the student on to curved spacetimes, general relativity, black holes, cosmological models, particles and symmetries, and phase transitions. Extensively revised and updated, this latest edition includes up-to-date developments in the field and broader coverage of distance measures, gravitational lensing, gravitational waves, dark energy and quintessence, the thermal history of the Universe, inflation and the ‘cosmological coincidence’ problem. An updated discussion on the Cosmic Microwave Backround includes polarization and presents the latest observational results from the WMAP Satellite together with the latest results on large scale structure formation from the 2 degree Field Galaxy Redshift Survey.
- Illustrated throughout and comprehensively referenced with problems at the end of each chapter.
- Includes more material on observational astrophysics and expanded sections on astrophysical phenomena
- Invaluable for undergraduate students in Physics and Astronomy taking a first course in Cosmology.
Table of Contents
From Newton to Hubble.
Laws of Gravitation.
Cosmological Models.
Thermodynamics.
Relics of the Big Bang.
Particles and Symmetries.
Problems with the Big Bang Model.
Cosmic Inflation.
Galaxy Formation.
The Ultimate Questions.
Index.