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Cosmology [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Steven Weinberg
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A stimulating source of intellectual excitement. [...] While the relevant technical aspects of the presentation can only be fully appreciated after a careful reading, a clear message emerges with vigour after the first reading: atomic physics, nuclear physics, field theory, high-energy physics and general relativity all come together in the description of our universe. In other words, Cosmology provides a vivid example of the basic unity of physics, which is something to bear in mind during the decades to come. (CERN Courier)

A technical tour de force for the intrepid graduate student, Weinberg's new book will greatly appeal to particle physicists tooling up in cosmology and be an indispensable source for the practitioner. (Physics Today)

With his unsurpassed ability to explain even the most difficult mathematical and conceptual steps with a few strokes of his pen, Weinberg takes the reader from the basics of cosmological kinematics and dynamics (space-time geometry, cosmological expansion, the Friedmann equation, thermal history) to advanced topics, such as the growth of structures, inflation and gravitational lenses. (Mathematical Reviews)

A tour de force that even established cosmologists will learn from. Any scientist interested in cosmology should read it.

Steven Weinberg's "Cosmology" is a thorough, graduate-level introduction to the field, which incorporates the frenzied developments since his 1972 classic, "Gravitation and Cosmology". This is sure to be another hit. (New Scientist)

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This book is unique in the detailed, self-contained, and comprehensive treatment that it gives to the ideas and formulas that are used and tested in modern cosmological research. It divides into two parts, each of which provides enough material for a one-semester graduate course. The first part deals chiefly with the isotropic and homogeneous average universe; the second part concentrates on the departures from the average universe. Throughout the book the author presents detailed
analytic calculations of cosmological phenomena, rather than just report results obtained elsewhere by numerical computation. The book is up to date, and gives detailed accounts of topics such as recombination, microwave background polarization, leptogenesis, gravitational lensing, structure
formation, and multifield inflation, that are usually treated superficially if at all in treatises on cosmology. Copious references to current research literature are supplied. Appendices include a brief introduction to general relativity, and a detailed derivation of the Boltzmann equation for photons and neutrinos used in calculations of cosmological evolution. Also provided is an assortment of problems.

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  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (21 Feb 2008)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have For Every Theoretical Physicist 19 Mar 2008
By Ramanan
Format:Hardcover
Wow! This is the first review of the book in the whole of internet. I got a copy of Steven Weinberg's Cosmology today though Amazon and am happy! Reminds me of the day back in early 2000 when I pre-ordered Weinberg's Supersymmetry and the day I got it was full of intellectual thrills. All the other texts had a very superficial treatment of Supersymmetry and this was also the case with Cosmology - until now, when the biggest physicist in the post-world-war-2 era wrote on the subject!

Any review of Weinberg's texts is far from complete without having to say something about the Preface. The reader will remember the preface of his book on Gravitation and Cosmology where Weinberg tells us how dissatisfied he was with the usual approach to studying Gravitation and how he sees General Relativity as a consequence of constraints imposed by the quantum theory of massless Spin-2 particles. The reason for Weinberg to write the texts on Quantum Field Theory was also spelled out in the preface - he wanted to address a deep question: "Why Quantum Fields?". In the preface of this book, the author tells us that he wanted to share his experience of learning the latest development of Cosmology, since lots has happened in this area recently. Plus of course, he indirectly (and correctly!) points out how incomplete the usual review articles on Cosmology are.

That indeed is true! And this book precisely will help the reader in learning Cosmology in a way where equations are actually derived and not just mentioned with a reference. Usual treatment of cosmology is vague and superficial and in this text the reader will find not only the full derivation but also good explanations.

The book can be divided in 2 parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive coverage...and very detailed! 29 April 2014
By Dr G
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well, it's a pretty heavy mathematical coverage on the subject...not many pretty pictures but clearly a detailed, comprehensive and very well structured book in the same vein as the quantum theory of field by the same author.

I'm wadding through pretty slowly just for recreation...not easy to follow in detail but gives a fascinating window on the sort of lengths that physicists are going to compare experimental data with theoretical models
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding update to previous 2-vol work 26 Jan 2013
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In the 1970s Weinberg wrote a 2-volume work called Gravitation & Cosmology, Principles & Applications of the General Theory of Relativity. Since then he's been busy (winning the Nobel prise, for one thing) and now he's come back and provided a supplementary volume as an update. He says the Gravitation bit doesn't need updating as the theory hasn't changed much but the Cosmology bit has changed substantially over the 30 or so years since G&C (as he calls it). You can read this as a stand-alone without buying G&C but the introduction to tensor calculus at the start is rather short compared to the detailed exposition in G&C. Also, for some of the proofs he refers back to G&C. The amount of detail here is amazing and his commentary is very illuminating. He really does explain it all well. I love it and will go back to it again and again.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have For Every Theoretical Physicist 18 Mar 2008
By Ramanan
Format:Hardcover
Wow! This is the first review of the book in the whole of internet. I got a copy of Steven Weinberg's Cosmology today though Amazon and am happy! Reminds me of the day back in early 2000 when I pre-ordered Weinberg's Supersymmetry and the day I got it was full of intellectual thrills. All the other texts had a very superficial treatment of Supersymmetry and this was also the case with Cosmology - until now, when the biggest physicist in the post-world-war-2 era wrote on the subject!

Any review of Weinberg's texts is far from complete without having to say something about the Preface. The reader will remember the preface of his book on Gravitation and Cosmology where Weinberg tells us how dissatisfied he was with the usual approach to studying Gravitation and how he sees General Relativity as a consequence of constraints imposed by the quantum theory of massless Spin-2 particles. The reason for Weinberg to write the texts on Quantum Field Theory was also spelled out in the preface - he wanted to address a deep question: "Why Quantum Fields?". In the preface of this book, the author tells us that he wanted to share his experience of learning the latest development of Cosmology, since lots has happened in this area recently. Plus of course, he indirectly (and correctly!) points out how incomplete the usual review articles on Cosmology are.

That indeed is true! And this book precisely will help the reader in learning Cosmology in a way where equations are actually derived and not just mentioned with a reference. Usual treatment of cosmology is vague and superficial and in this text the reader will find not only the full derivation but also good explanations.

The book can be divided in 2 parts.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Cosmology 7 Jun 2011
By dinah
Format:Hardcover
This book is great. I graduated from my phd 4 and a half years ago and since have been pursuing a totally different career, needless to say my physics is getting rusty. However, this book introduces everything from first principles and provides me with all the information I need to be able to follow the discussions. It is well written, clear and I have noticed very few typos - essential for avoiding reader confusion! I wanted to fill the cosmological hole in my physics knowledge and this book has been perfect. If you can handle it, read it.
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