Foundations of Modern Cosmology Hardcover – 1 Sep 1997
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Review from previous edition "Foundations of Modern Cosmology" by John F. Hawley and Katherine A. Holcomb is a welcome addition to the list of college-level astronomy textbooks for nonscience majors. [...] Hawley and Holcomb bring to their writing valuable first-hand knowledge and accomplishment in relativistic astrophysics research. Their book reflects the careful development that occurs only when a textbook is written after years of teaching the material. (Paul Shapiro, Physics Today, Vol 52, No. 5, May 1999 pg 70-73) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
John F. Hawley is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. His research interests include black holes, accretion disks, and large-scale numerical modeling of astrophysical systems. He was the 1993 recipient of the Helen B. Warner Prize from the American Astronomical Society for his contributions to accretion disk theory and numerical simulations. He has taught an introductory course in cosmology for undergraduates at the University of Virginia since 1989. Katherine A. Holcomb received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked on numerical simulations of a variety of physical systems, including cosmology, relativistic plasma theory, and climate. She is currently employed at the University of Virginia in research computing support. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The Kindle version, which I have read about a third of, has taken that wonderful content that the authors worked so hard over and transformed it into an ugly confusing mess. The main problems are:
1. Headings now appear AFTER the relevant paragraphs - fabulously disorientating in a book dealing with complex, detailed concepts.
2. All equations and diagram annotations are unreadably tiny in the text, and horribly bitmapped and blurred when you double-click to expand them.
3. The highlights which I carefully added from my iPad Kindle reader were all gone when I viewed the book on my Macbook Kindle reader, and subsequently deleted from my iPad when I next viewed the book from there! Thanks Kindle!
As the introduction of the book makes clear, the authors aim for a wide audience for whom Cosmology is not a core discipline. Not only do they do a good job in meeting this goal, but they also present the physical concepts and experimental results in a way that provides new and deep insights to those whose main interest is Physics. For instance, the discussion of the Big Bang and the cosmic models provides an excellent complement to the mathematical presentation of authors like M.V. Berry. Equally, there is a plethora of material that describes experimental results like those for General Relativity: bending of light under the influence of the sun's gravity, the Eotovos experiment to demonstrate the Equivalence Principle, etc.
The book covers a broad field: Some historical aspects, Special and General Relativity, the Big Bang and various cosmic models, dark matter, and large scale structure.
The glossary and the authors' web site provide further information on the subject.
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