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An Introduction to Modern Cosmology
As the name implies, this textbook provides an introduction to modern cosmology. It is intended for use as an undergraduate textbook, at a level roughly suitable for the last or penultimate year of a degree course. The emphasis is placed on the application of basic ideas in physics, including thermodynamics, atomic physics and nuclear physics. General relativity is avoided ...more
Published 2003 by John Wiley & Sons
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Feb 14, 2015 Ryan Cutter rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Great introduction, incredibly comprehensive text. One of the reviews states that only slight understanding of maths is required, but I disagree. Differential geometry and tensor calculus is precursor, and one that isn't particularly developed in this book. Although not a major hindrance to the bulk of content, a firm grasp of general relativity cannot be attained without a comprehensive understanding of tensor calculus.
For those interested in delving deeper into the science of cosmology, Andrew Liddle’s An Introduction to Modern Cosmology helps to bridge the gap between popular science and graduate level reference books. He arrives at the famous Friedmann equation through Newtonian physics rather than the standard relativistic approach (we still end up with the same equation). Through the solutions of this equation, Liddle explores subjects such as the curvature of space, the cosmological constant, the density ...more
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