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Physical Cosmology

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Hardcover, 282 pages
Published January 28th 1971 by Princeton University Press (first published 1971)
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Manny
Feb 07, 2014 Manny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People seriously interested in the history of science
This undeservedly obscure book came to me through a strange route. First off, it very nearly didn't get written. In 1969, Jim Peebles, a 34 year old Princeton astrophysicist, was giving a graduate course on recent developments in cosmology. Word got around that it was pretty good, and John Archibald Wheeler, the Godfather of US physics, suggested to him that he should write it up as a book. Peebles apologized: he was too busy. Wheeler didn't say anything, but started attending the lectures, ...more
Richard Buro
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In the history of the study of the Universe, cosmology, Dr. P.J. E. (Jim) Peebles has few colleagues more recognized. His work at Princeton is significant and instrumental in the current understanding that most of us, physicists, astronomers, and educated laity alike, have about the nature and the knowing and unknown, the studied and that unstudied about the nature of the cosmos. This work is one of the more famous from at least an historical perspective as it was writt
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