Physical Foundations of Cosmology

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November 2005



This textbook takes an original approach to cosmology by showing where theoretical results come from, in addition to discussing the basis of modern cosmology. The book covers established material as well as bringing the reader to the frontiers of current cosmological research by the discussion of more speculative ideas. An ideal textbook for advanced students of physics and astrophysics, all of the necessary background material is included in every chapter and no prior knowledge of general relativity and quantum field theory is assumed.


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; 10. Bibliography.


Viatcheslav Mukhanov is Professor of Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munchen, Germany.


'Mukhanov has written a superb book, which is distinguished by its willingness to dig into technical details that are often skipped or simplified in other treatments ... a wonderful contribution to the cosmological literature.' John Peacock
EAN: 9780521563987
ISBN: 0521563984
Untertitel: 80 diagrams, 5 halftones. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Pr.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2005
Seitenanzahl: 442 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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