Providing a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of observational cosmology, this advanced undergraduate textbook enables students to use quantitative physical methods to understand the Universe. The textbook covers recent developments such as precision cosmology and the concordance cosmological model, inflation, gravitational lensing, the extragalactic far-infrared and X-ray backgrounds, downsizing and baryon wiggles. It also explores the future missions and facilities likely to dominate cosmological research in the future, including radio, X-ray, submillimeter-wave and gravitational wave astronomy. Each chapter contains full-color figures, worked examples and exercises with complete solutions. Clearly identified key facts and equations help students easily locate important information. Suggestions for further reading provide jumping-off points for students aiming to further their studies. Reflecting decades of Open University experience in undergraduate teaching, this textbook brings students to the forefront of the rapidly developing field of observational cosmology. Accompanying resources to this textbook are available at: http: //www.cambridge.org/features/astrophysics
Author: Stephen Serjeant Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 09/30/2010 Pages: 324 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 2.30lbs Size: 10.20h x 8.20w x 0.80d ISBN: 9780521157155
About the Author Serjeant, Stephen: - Stephen Serjeant is a Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at The Open University, and co-leads the SCUBA-2 All-Sky Survey and the active galaxies science theme of the ATLAS Key Project on the Herschel Space Observatory. He also coordinates the science faculty's broadcasting at The Open University and is the lead science academic for the BBC1 science show Bang Goes the Theory.