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Deconstructing Cosmology

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  • Date Published: November 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107155268

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  • The advent of sensitive high-resolution observations of the cosmic microwave background radiation and their successful interpretation in terms of the standard cosmological model has led to great confidence in this model's reality. The prevailing attitude is that we now understand the Universe and need only work out the details. In this book, Sanders traces the development and successes of Lambda-CDM, and argues that this triumphalism may be premature. The model's two major components, dark energy and dark matter, have the character of the pre-twentieth-century luminiferous aether. While there is astronomical evidence for these hypothetical fluids, their enigmatic properties call into question our assumptions of the universality of locally determined physical law. Sanders explains how modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND) is a significant challenge for cold dark matter. Overall, the message is hopeful: the field of cosmology has not become frozen, and there is much fundamental work ahead for tomorrow's cosmologists.

    • Clearly explains the prevailing Lambda-CDM cosmological paradigm and how it has developed, in particular those observations supporting it and its overall consistency
    • Describes the wide range and variety of dark matter search programs to demonstrate the ongoing research efforts of scientists exploring the possible nature of dark matter
    • Details the greatest problem for the cosmological paradigm, modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND), and how this challenges it
    • Discusses the sociological and philosophical issues posed by the paradigm and the danger of this sociology for the creative process in science
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    'This tightly written, sophisticated (though essentially non-mathematical) review of the status of the concordance model - a flat universe with all of the observations internally consistent - and its modest gaps form the core of the discussion. … The discussions are clear, rich, and thought provoking. This book is well written and belongs in all college libraries.' K. L. Schick, CHOICE

    '… I recommend this book. It is a good intorduction to an important topic in modern astrophysics and cosmology, accessible to the 'interested layman' but also valuable for those with more-advanced knowledge of astrophysics but with less knowledge of MOND.' Phillip Helbig, The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107155268
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 176 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Creation mythology
    2. Three predictions of physical cosmology
    3. The very early Universe: inflation
    4. Precision cosmology
    5. The concordance model
    6. Dark energy
    7. Dark matter
    8. MOND
    9. Dark matter, MOND and cosmology
    10. Plato's cave revisited
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Robert H. Sanders, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, The Netherlands
    Robert H. Sanders is Professor Emeritus at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He received his PhD in Astrophysics from Princeton University under the supervision of Lyman Spitzer. After working at Columbia University and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, he moved to Europe. He spent his career studying active galactic nuclei (in particular, the Galactic Center), on the hydrodynamics of gas in galaxies and, for several decades, on the problem of the 'missing mass' in astronomical systems. His previous books are The Dark Matter Problem: A Historical Perspective (2010) and Revealing the Heart of the Galaxy: The Milky Way and Its Black Hole (2013).

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