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The Expanding Universe

A Primer on Relativistic Cosmology

William D. Heacox, University of Hawaii, Hilo
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Cosmology - the science of the Universe at large - has experienced a renaissance in the decades bracketing the turn of the twenty-first century. Exploring our emerging understanding of cosmology, this text takes two complementary points of view: the physical principles underlying theories of cosmology, and the observable consequences of models of Universal expansion. The book develops cosmological models based on fundamental physical principles, with mathematics limited to the minimum necessary to keep the material accessible for students of physics…
Frontmatter
pp i-iv
Dedication
pp v-vi
Contents
pp vii-x
Preface
pp xi-xiii
Introducing the Universe
pp xiv-xx
I - Conceptual foundations
pp 1-2
1 - Newtonian cosmology
pp 3-8
2 - General Relativity
pp 9-16
3 - Relativistic cosmology
pp 17-24
II - General Relativity
pp 25-26
4 - General covariance
pp 27-37
5 - Equivalence Principle
pp 38-47
6 - Space-time curvature
pp 48-54
7 - Einstein Field Equations of gravitation
pp 55-62
III - Universal expansion
pp 63-64
8 - Cosmological Field Equations
pp 65-82
9 - Cosmography
pp 83-107
10 - Expansion dynamics
pp 108-122
IV - Expansion models
pp 123-124
11 - Radiation
pp 125-132
12 - Matter
pp 133-153
13 - Dark energy
pp 154-163
14 - Observational constraints
pp 164-174
15 - Concordance Cosmological Model
pp 175-186
V - Expansion history
pp 187-188
16 - Particle Era
pp 189-208
17 - Plasma Era
pp 209-225
18 - Galaxy Era
pp 226-233
19 - Afterword: the new modern cosmology
pp 234-238
VI - Appendices
pp 239-240
Appendix A - Differential geometry
pp 241-258
Appendix B - Newtonian approximations
pp 259-263
Appendix C - Useful numbers
pp 264-265
Appendix D - Symbols
pp 266-267
References
pp 268-269
Index
pp 270-272
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Online ISBN: 9781316338674
Published online: 28 May 2018
Hardback ISBN: 9781107117525
Hardback publication date: 26 November 2015

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