Cosmology: The Science of the Universe
Edward Harrison, Harrison, Edward Robert Harrison, Edward (University of Massachusetts Harrison, Amherst)
Cambridge University Press, 2000 M03 16 - 567 páginas
Cosmology: The Science of the Universe is an introduction to past and present cosmological theory. For much of the world's history, cosmological thought was formulated in religious or philosophical language and was thus theological or metaphysical in nature. However, cosmological speculation and theory has now become a science in which the empirical discoveries of the astronomer, theoretical physicist, and biologist are woven into intricate models that attempt to account for the universe as a whole. Professor Harrison draws on the discoveries and speculations of these scientists to provide a comprehensive survey of man's current understanding of the universe and its history. Tracing the rise of the scientific method, the major aim of this book is to provide an elementary understanding of the physical universe of modern times. Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition extends the much acclaimed first edition taking into account the many developments that have occurred.
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Cosmology treats advanced concepts in Cosmology without complex differential equations. There are lots of diagrams and explanations of concepts like containment, horizons, time dilation, space-time diagrams and more. This book treats cosmology at the college level for a person without a mathematical background and succeeds in giving a broad view of modern cosmology for the lay person without sacrificing an advanced rigorous treatment.
Very Comprehensive and comprehendable.
The expanding space paradigm
What is cosmology?
The anthropometric universe
The distant galaxies
The mystery religions
Tests of general relativity
The many universes
Containment and the cosmic edge
Cosmology after Newton
The new astronomy
Space and time
Birth of stars
Inflation solves the monopole problem
Expanding cosmic sphere
The cosmic connection
Is the universe open or closed?
The early universe
The first million years
The horizon riddle
Creation of the universe