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Introduction to Cosmology

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: December 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316889848
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  • This second edition of Introduction to Cosmology is an exciting update of an award-winning textbook. It is aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students in physics and astronomy, but is also useful as a supplementary text at higher levels. It explains modern cosmological concepts, such as dark energy, in the context of the Big Bang theory. Its clear, lucid writing style, with a wealth of useful everyday analogies, makes it exceptionally engaging. Emphasis is placed on the links between theoretical concepts of cosmology and the observable properties of the universe, building deeper physical insights in the reader. The second edition includes recent observational results, fuller descriptions of special and general relativity, expanded discussions of dark energy, and a new chapter on baryonic matter that makes up stars and galaxies. It is an ideal textbook for the era of precision cosmology in the accelerating universe.

    • Written in an engaging style, using clear explanations and analogies to help students connect cosmology to everyday life
    • Fits well to introductory cosmology courses, without requiring advanced mathematics or any prior study of astronomy
    • Includes creative end-of-chapter problems that have been class-tested on students, with an instructor's manual featuring solutions available via
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    'This is an excellent textbook, with a clear and pedagogical presentation, which perfectly fills a gap between other introductory books available at either much more basic or much more advanced levels. The easy-to-read style, focus on physics concepts, and self-contained derivations make the book easy to follow. It works well for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students, who will come away with a solid and comprehensive understanding of modern cosmology. The additions in this Second Edition, such as galaxy formation and baryon acoustic oscillations, are valuable and bring the book even more up-to-date.' Zoltán Haiman, Columbia University

    'Barbara Ryden writes in a very clear and engaging style. This transparency has inspired many undergraduate science majors in my cosmology class to pursue additional coursework and research in astrophysics. The addition of new material on the baryonic component of the universe links cosmology to many modern research topics in astrophysics.' Crystal Martin, University of California, Santa Barbara

    'I am delighted that a second edition of Barbara Ryden’s Introduction to Cosmology is now available. With the addition of a second chapter on structure formation, the book paints an elegant mathematical picture of the evolution of the Universe from the Big Bang to the formation of stars. Ryden does a masterful job of paring cosmology down to its most fundamental elements and presenting complex topics with exceptional clarity. The conversational style of the text, the imaginative analogies, and the emphasis placed on developing students’ conceptual understanding combine to make this book one of the best upper-level astronomy texts available.' Christy Tremonti, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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    12th Sep 2017 by DavidButler

    My name is David Butler. I create educational YouTube videos for teachers and students in the areas of Physics and Astronomy. My most recent video book is How old is it ( with early chapters on the Big Bang ΛCDM Cosmology with Inflation. This book was so well put together, that I used it extensively throughout the videos to illustrate and explain the most complex ideas such as the anisotropy of the CMB, Dark Energy, Nucleosynthesis and Inflation just to name a few. Barbara Ryden puts it all together in a very logical order that is easy to follow. I highly recommend this book for anyone with a basic calculus background who is interested in understanding our current Big Bang benchmark model.

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316889848
    • contains: 75 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to second edition
    Preface to first edition
    1. Introduction
    2. Fundamental observations
    3. Newton versus Einstein
    4. Cosmic dynamics
    5. Model universes
    6. Measuring cosmological parameters
    7. Dark matter
    8. The cosmic microwave background
    9. Nucleosynthesis and the early Universe
    10. Inflation and the very early Universe
    11. Structure formation: gravitational instability
    12. Structure formation: baryons and photons
    Table of useful constants

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    Barbara Ryden, Ohio State University
    Barbara Ryden received her PhD in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University, New Jersey in 1987. After postdocs at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, she joined the astronomy faculty at the Ohio State University, where she is now a full professor. She has over twenty years of experience in teaching, at levels ranging from introductory undergraduate courses to advanced graduate seminars. She won the Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award for the first edition of Introduction to Cosmology (2002), and is the co-author, with Bradley Peterson, of Foundations of Astrophysics (2010).

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