∗ 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.
PART 1: COSMOLOGICAL MODELS.
The Friedmann Models.
Observational Properties of the Universe.
PART 2: THE HOT BIG BANG MODEL.
Thermal History of the Hot Big Bang Model.
The Very Early Universe.
Phase Transitions and Inflation.
The Lepton Era.
The Plasma Era.
PART 3: THEORY OF STRUCTURE FORMATION.
Introduction to Jeans Theory.
Gravitational Instability of Baryonic Matter.
Models of Structure Formation
PART 4: OBSERVATIONAL TESTS.
Statistics of Galaxy Clustering.
The Cosmic Microwave Background.
Peculiar Motions of Galaxies.
The High–Redshift Universe.
A Forward Look.