Cosmology The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Structure Second Edition

Author: Peter Coles & Francesco Lucchin

Published in: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0-471-48909-3

File Type: pdf

File Size:  3 MB

Language: English


New chapter on gravitational lensing, another ‘hot’ topic for today’s generation of cosmologists. We also changed the structure of the first part of the book to make a gentler introduction to the subject instead of diving straight into general relativity. We also added problems sections at the end of each chapter and reorganised the references. We decided to keep our account of the basic physics of perturbation growth (Chapters 10–12) while other books concentrate more on model-building. Our reason for this is that we intended the book to be an introduction for physics students. Models come and models go, but physics remains the same. To make the book a bit more accessible we added a sort of ‘digest’ of the main ideas and summary of model-building in Chapter 15 for readers wishing to bypass the details. Other bits, such as those covering theories with variable constants and in homogeneous cosmologies, were added for no better reason than that they are fun. On the other hand, we missed the boat in a significant way by minimising the role of the cosmological constant in the first edition. Who knows, maybe we will strike it lucky with one of these additions! Because of the dominance that observation has assumed over the last few years, we decided to add a chapter at the end of the book exploring some of the planned developments in observation technology (gravitational wave detectors, new satellites, ground-based facilities, and so on). Experience has shown us that it is hard to predict the future, but this final chapter will at least point out some of the possibilities. We are grateful to everyone who helped us with this second edition and to those who provided constructive criticism on the first. In particular, we thank (in alphabetical order) George Ellis, Richard Ellis, Carlos Frenk, Andrew Liddle, Sabino Matarrese, Lauro Moscardini and Bepi Tormen for their comments and advice. We also acknowledge the help of many students who helped us correct some of the (regrettably numerous) errors in the original book.
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