Cosmology: The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Structures, Second Edition, is a modern introduction to this fascinating and fast developing subject. The book provides a unique bridge between introductory and advanced material, starting with the elementary foundations of basic cosmological theory, to 'state-of-the-art' frontier research. Extensively revised and updated, the Second Edition includes the latest observational and theoretical developments. The book is fully illustrated throughout with completely updated references.
* Recent observational breakthroughs including high redshift supernovae, CMB measurements, gravitational lensing and galaxy studies.
* The latest theoretical developments, such as supercomputer simulations and semi-analytical galaxy formation
* Around 100 graded problems, ranging from basic cosmology to advanced topics.
This book will be invaluable to advanced undergraduates and postgraduates taking cosmology courses and will also be a useful reference for researchers in the field.
Because of limited space and a preference of interest, Coles (physics and astronomy, U. of Nottingham, UK) and Lucchin (astronomy, U. di Padova, Italy) choose to concentrate on those issues of cosmology that are pertinent to theories of the origin and evolution of cosmic structure such as galaxies and clusters. Nineteen chapters cover the basics of general relativity, simple cosmological models, observational cosmology, the thermal history of the universe, the theory of gravitational instability in the linear and nonlinear regimes, dark-matter theories, hydrodynamical effects in the context of galaxy formation, the fluctuations of the cosmic microwave background, galaxy-peculiar motions, and observations of galaxy evolution and the extr agalactic radiation backgrounds. Some of the text is based upon an English adaptation of Introduzione alla Cosmologia (Zannichelli, Bologna, 1990), an Italian textbook written by Lucchin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR