Cosmology: The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Structure, Edition 2

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This is the 2nd edition of a highly successful title on this fascinating and complex subject. Concentrating primarily on the theory behind the origin and the evolution of the universe, and where appropriate relating it to observation, the new features of the this addition include:
  • An overall introduction to the book
  • Two new chapters: Gravitational Lensing and Gravitational Waves
  • Each part has a collection of exercises with solutions to numerical parts at the end of the book
  • Contains a table of physical constants
  • The addition of a consolidated bibilography
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Peter Coles is a theoretical cosmologist at Cardiff University and Maynooth University. He was formerly the head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex. Francesco Lucchin is the author of Cosmology: The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Structure, 2nd Edition, published by Wiley.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Apr 4, 2003
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Pages
512
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ISBN
9780470852996
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English
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Science / Astronomy
Science / Physics / Astrophysics
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