Cosmology: The Science of the Universe
Edward Harrison, Harrison, Edward Robert Harrison, Edward (University of Massachusetts Harrison, Amherst)
Cambridge University Press, 2000 M03 16 - 567 páginas
Cosmology: The Science of the Universe is a broad introduction to the science of modern cosmology, with emphasis on its historical origins. The first edition of this best-selling book received worldwide acclaim for its lucid style and wide-ranging exploration of the universe. This eagerly awaited second edition updates and greatly extends the first with seven new chapters that explore early scientific cosmology, Cartesian and Newtonian world systems, cosmology after Newton and before Einstein, special relativity, observational cosmology, inflation and creation of the universe. All chapters conclude with a section entitled Reflections containing provocative topics that will foster lively debate. The new Projects section, also at the end of each chapter, raises questions and issues to challenge the reader.
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Cosmology treats advanced concepts in Cosmology without complex differential equations. There are lots of diagrams and explanations of concepts like containment, horizons, time dilation, space-time diagrams and more. This book treats cosmology at the college level for a person without a mathematical background and succeeds in giving a broad view of modern cosmology for the lay person without sacrificing an advanced rigorous treatment.
Very Comprehensive and comprehendable.
The expanding space paradigm
What is cosmology?
The anthropometric universe
The distant galaxies
The mystery religions
Tests of general relativity
The many universes
Containment and the cosmic edge
Cosmology after Newton
The new astronomy
Space and time
Birth of stars
Inflation solves the monopole problem
Expanding cosmic sphere
The cosmic connection
Is the universe open or closed?
The early universe
The first million years
The horizon riddle
Creation of the universe