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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition edition (27 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470848359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470848357
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...complete and up–to–date...an excellent introduction of cosmology, and at this level it is hard to beat...highly recommended." ( Choice, Vol. 41, No. 6, February 2004)

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An Introduction to Modern Cosmology Second Edition is an accessible account of modern cosmological ideas.  The Big Bang Cosmology is explored, looking at its observational successes in explaining the expansion and age of the universe, the existence and properties of the cosmic microwave background, and the origin of the light elements in the universe.  Properties of the very early universe are also covered, including the motivation for the theory known as cosmological inflation.  The Second Edition includes additiional material on observational cosmology and structure formation.
  • Approach grounded in physics rather than mathematics.
  • Worked examples, student problems, hints for solving them and numerical answers.
  • Latest observational results including WMAP satellite.
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"..a clear, concise and accessible book" New Scientist

"...one of the clearest introductions to cosmology on the market"  Contemporary Physics


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Boris Gremont on 15 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
The text gives a good technical overview of the main aspects of the hot big band model. It goes significantly beyond what's covered in the numerous popular science books in the same domain. Overall you get to realize the logic/rationale behind the theory of the big bang. Liddle's main good idea is to give a starting technical outlook to the description of the Universe as a whole. Liddle describes the core ideas and then requires his/her reader to carry out some relatively simple mathematical demonstrations (requiring calculus). Thanks to this approach, you get a good qualitative and some quantitative feel about the main aspects of cosmology.
I only give 4 stars because the book has (for clarity's sake) avoided explaining some important key physical points. Instead there are briefly introduced at the start of the book and they are used later when developing cosmological ideas. This is obviously a conscious choice from Liddle.
The author however mentions that there is a significant gap between his book and other more serious undergrad/postgrad textbooks. In my view, it would be nice if a later edition could attempt to bridge this gap by adding some more experimental evidence and fundamental physics.
All in all a good addition to my personal library.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Whyatt on 30 May 2002
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I just read this book cover to cover about three times for my Physics course, and its a great little book.
Its one of the few text books i would recommend to a non Physicist (Though you do need a decent level of mathematical knowledge.)
It covers all of cosmology and the bigbang theory without resorting to Relativity and as such allows you to get to grasps with the concepts behind the universe with ease.
It allows the reader to understand the nature of the universe quite deeply for it size, and keeps you entertained throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thomas li on 9 Nov. 2011
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Having used this book for a 3rd year physics course on cosmology, I can say that it is a wonderful introduction to the subject for physicists or anyone with an interest in cosmology.

The book carefully guides you through all the basic topics, in enough detail and rigour to keep physicists happy, in a way that is easily understandable to most people who have a basic understanding of calculus, but with a conversational tone (compared to most textbooks anyway) that keeps the reading fairly light and interesting. The lengths of the book also helps in this respect, as it is not very thick.

I liked the logical flow of the chapters, leading you from basic ideas of topology to the friedman equations to some of the more advanced ideas about the early universe.

The book is not the be-all-end-all of cosmology text books, as it is only an introduction and skirts briefly over some of the more advanced sections, but if you are looking for an introduction to the subject I have not found a better one!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2002
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I just read this book cover to cover about three times for my Physics course, and its a great little book.
Its one of the few text books i would recommend to a non Physicist (Though you do need a decent level of mathematical knowledge.)
It covers all of cosmology and the bigbang theory without resorting to Relativity and as such allows you to get to grasps with the concepts behind the universe with ease.
It allows the reader to understand the nature of the universe quite deeply for it size, and keeps you entertained throughout. It would be a great addition to anybody studying the subject as it wont overload you with hugh reams of text. The ideas are presently quickly and explained well.
The best recommendation i can give it, is that after a years studying its the only one i'll read again for entertainment.
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Without the benefit of learning through lectures, this text is academic in nature and quite a challenging read. Nevertheless, the author, who comes across as an authority on the subject, effectively differentiates between areas of cosmology that are based on facts rather than those that are educated guesses.
The title is misleading, this book is, in my opinion, far more than an Introduction and therefore I wouldn't recommend it as the first book a budding Cosmologist should read. In my case it is the 4th book I've read which lays foundations for the subject matter, and it fits very well.
In summary, this is a very good text book written by an expert that will tax your brain cells and will need to be read more than once. It is well worth investing your time and hard earned cash in this book.
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What I was looking for was a book that would provide me with a clear overview of modern cosmology that avoids mathematical rigour. This has met my every expectation. The dialogue is clear, concise and easily assimilated. It uses the very minimum of mathematical knowlege and approaches from the physics viewpoint. Thr reader with little mathematical knowledge will still gain considerably from this text, those with a higher level of mathematical skill will find it a gateway into more rigorous text. The author has achieved a good balance by prividing an introductory text for the non-mathematician and mathemetician alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mervyn on 21 Sept. 2012
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I really found the brevity of the chapters a plus. Enough in each to make you think but also the time to reflect before moving on.
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