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  • Hardcover: 856 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019920991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199209910
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 4.6 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,988,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fills a niche that other recent cosmology texts leave open, namely self-contained derivations in cosmology that span both fundamental issues and applications to the real universe that are of great interest to observers. (Joseph Silk, University of Oxford)

A remarkable book. Written with great authority and enthusiasm, it gives a comprehensive view of primordial cosmology today. The style is accessible to a novice for a good introduction, as well as being technically precise enough to be useful for specialists. (Ted Jacobson, University of Maryland)

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P. Peter: Post-doctoral position at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Cambridge University. Research positions: Chargé de Recherches (1994-2002), Medaille de bronze (bronze medal) du CNRS (1995), Directeur de Recherches, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris since 2002.

J.P. Uzan: Post-doctoral position at the Department of Theoretical Physics (DPT), Geneva University. Research positions: Chargé de Rechecherches au CNR, teaches the course of Theoretical Cosmology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, teaches at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Preston on 6 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are now available for the beginning graduate student a large number of excellent texts dealing with the early stages of the universe. Most of these assume a substantial background in General Relativity and Particle Physics - including at least some acquaintance with the Standard Model and Quantum Field Theory. There are exceptions such as Peacock's Cosmological Physics, but even so, these works merely present rather than derive the needed results from the various fields of physics that are necessary for a proper appreciation of modern cosmology. Those books that do present complete derivations usually confine themselves to only a few aspects of cosmology that follow directly from the branch of physics of which the work is primarily concerned. Thus, the majority of works on General Relativity will contain a derivation of the Friedman equation and say something of the inflationary scenario, but leave much of the content cosmology either wholly unmentioned or only alluded cursorily.
The book under review attempts to resolve this problem by providing relatively complete derivations of all the appropriate expressions from physics whilst covering the vast area of theoretical cosmology, but with some observational cosmology included. It even contains a discussion of the topology of the universe as well as string theory and related topics. In this sense, it is almost encyclopedic. Obviously, with such an ambitious program, sacrifices have been made. The derivations are sometimes extremely succinct and often just hinted at. Nevertheless, under the guidance offered within these pages, the serious student should have little difficulty in filling in the details.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Grad student reference 31 Jan. 2013
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Used this text in my grad course on the physics of the Early Universe. Couples with Dodelson, Hartle, and Caroll, it makes a great reference.
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Not a recommendable book 18 Nov. 2011
By jean-michel - Published on
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The first chapter of this book deals with General Relativity which is a fundamental tool for anyone doing research in Cosmology. However, a quick look on these pages stopped me from further reading and I simply dropped the book. Indeed, the authors invent an anti-symmetry of the Christoffel symbols which simply does not exist. Equations 1.38 in the French edition is plainly wrong. I insist that it is NOT A MISPRINT. They use this nonexistent anti-symmetry to 'calculate' the Lie derivative of the metric tensor, eq 1.57 (something which can, of course, be done by honest means) A first year student could see this if we were not in a time where buzz and show off and the weight of paper spoiled are all so much more important than reflection and thoughtful writing.
I don't know if they use their nonexistent anti-symmetry to 'prove' other true or wrong theorems. I simply lost all confidence in the value of what followed. Who would trust an accountant writing that 3x2 = 5 ? You wouldn't ? Then forget that book.
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