The Little Book of Cosmology
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The cutting-edge science that is taking the measure of the universe
The Little Book of Cosmology provides a breathtaking look at our universe on the grandest scales imaginable. Written by one of the world's leading experimental cosmologists, this short but deeply insightful book describes what scientists are revealing through precise measurements of the faint thermal afterglow of the Big Bang—known as the cosmic microwave background, or CMB—and how their findings are transforming our view of the cosmos.
Blending the latest findings in cosmology with essential concepts from physics, Lyman Page first helps readers to grasp the sheer enormity of the universe, explaining how to understand the history of its formation and evolution in space and time. Then he sheds light on how spatial variations in the CMB formed, how they reveal the age, size, and geometry of the universe, and how they offer a blueprint for the formation of cosmic structure.
Not only does Page explain current observations and measurements, he describes how they can be woven together into a unified picture to form the Standard Model of Cosmology. Yet much remains unknown, and this incisive book also describes the search for ever deeper knowledge at the field's frontiers—from quests to understand the nature of neutrinos and dark energy to investigations into the physics of the very early universe.
Microwave oven, Measurement, Chandra X-ray Observatory, Particle accelerator, Hubble's law, Gravitational field, Cosmological principle, Mass–energy equivalence, Satellite dish, Milky Way, Gravitational wave, Quantity, Dwarf galaxy, Mass distribution, Quark–gluon plasma, Galaxy cluster, Atomic physics, Nuclear force, Anisotropy, Paul Steinhardt, Chronology of the universe, Universe, Nuclear reaction, Doppler effect, Temperature, Radiation, Microwave, Two-dimensional space, Metric expansion of space, Neutrino, Particle physics, Physical cosmology, Cosmic microwave background, Telescope, Andromeda Galaxy, Wavelength, Planck (spacecraft), Jim Peebles, Astronomer, Coordinate system, Hubble Space Telescope, Kent Ford (astronomer), Local Group, Alexander Friedmann, Galactic plane, Exponential growth, Celestial pole, Universe Today, Full moon, Accelerating expansion of the universe, Thermal energy, Electromagnetic spectrum, Physical change, Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, Earth, Scattering, Cosmic Evolution (book), Approximation, Alpha particle, Observable universe, Dark energy, Absolute zero, Supernova, Light-year, Gravity, Neutron, Planck's law, Lambda-CDM model, Black body, Structure formation, Scale factor (cosmology), Three-dimensional space (mathematics), Prediction, Thermal radiation, Mollweide projection, Diffusion, Interstellar travel, Modified Newtonian dynamics, General relativity, Nuclear fusion, Cosmological constant, Big Bang, Hubble Ultra-Deep Field, Quantum mechanics, Quark, Large Magellanic Cloud, Age of the universe, David Spergel, Ultraviolet, Energy density, Reionization, Thermometer, Cosmic Background Explorer, Photon, Star formation, Galactic Center, Elementary particle, Special relativity, Billion years, Dimension