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Cosmological Physics (Cambridge Astrophysics) Paperback – 28 Dec 1998

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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition. edition (28 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521422701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521422703
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'I know no other book that covers these wide-ranging topics with such authority.' Sir Martin Rees, FRS, University of Cambridge

'Peacock has done an excellent job of setting out astrophysical cosmology and its underlying physics. This book is sure to be a hit with both professors and students. Cosmology with just the right touch of general relativity and quantum physics.' John Huchra, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

'… a truly magnificent achievement. I will certainly adopt it for my courses … [includes] all the most recent important observational developments … and a very thorough pedagogical treatment of the relevant background physics … I am sure this will become one of the classic texts in cosmology.' Richard Ellis, FRS, University of Cambridge

'Peacock's Cosmological Physics ambitiously fills the void for introducing students with a strong undergraduate background in physics to the entire world of current physical cosmology. The majestic sweep of his discussion of this vast terrain is awesome, and is bound to capture the imagination of most students … The avalanche of ideas rapidly, but not breathlessly, coaxes the reader straight into the excitement of the field … an impressive overview of cosmology as a physical science. This abundance will communicate the widespread excitement of the subject as fundamental physics, and will inspire others to learn the details.' Ray Carlberg, Nature

'… a remarkable book, both for its scope and for its depth of understanding. I was frankly amazed to see subjects as diverse as … all treated with authority and precision.' Physics Today

'… an extraordinary achievement. [Peacock] has succeeded in condensing the essence of modern astrophysical cosmology and particle physics into a single text. It is all written with his characteristic insight and economy of expression. The results is an extraordinary panorama of many of the hottest issues in contemporary science, all done with mathematical precision and total authority. This book is an essential purchase for all physicists and astronomers.' Malcolm Longair, University of Cambridge

'Should excite and challenge advanced physics undergraduates and help them to make the transition from learning standard material to research.' Roger Blandford, FRS, California Institute of Technology

'Cosmological Physics is a thorough, authoritative tome that grew out of a set of lectures. John Peacock covers the astronomical and observational foundations of the subject, as well as the essentials of general relativity and quantum field physics, in considerable detail.' David Hughes, New Scientist

'This volume is really a very detailed and comprehensive introduction to modern cosmology … sensible to the current questions addressed by contemporary cosmology.' Reviews of Astronomical Tools

'Cosmological Physics is a truly first class text book'. Contemporary Physics

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This textbook provides advanced undergraduate and graduate students with a complete and authoritative introduction to contemporary cosmology. It successfully bridges the gap between undergraduate and advanced graduate texts by discussing topics of current research, starting from first principles. The book is well illustrated throughout and includes outline solutions to nearly 100 problems.

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