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A stimulating source of intellectual excitement. [...] While the relevant technical aspects of the presentation can only be fully appreciated after a careful reading, a clear message emerges with vigour after the first reading: atomic physics, nuclear physics, field theory, high-energy physics and general relativity all come together in the description of our universe. In other words, Cosmology provides a vivid example of the basic unity of physics, which is something to bear in mind during the decades to come. (CERN Courier)

A technical tour de force for the intrepid graduate student, Weinberg's new book will greatly appeal to particle physicists tooling up in cosmology and be an indispensable source for the practitioner. (Physics Today)

With his unsurpassed ability to explain even the most difficult mathematical and conceptual steps with a few strokes of his pen, Weinberg takes the reader from the basics of cosmological kinematics and dynamics (space-time geometry, cosmological expansion, the Friedmann equation, thermal history) to advanced topics, such as the growth of structures, inflation and gravitational lenses. (Mathematical Reviews)

A tour de force that even established cosmologists will learn from. Any scientist interested in cosmology should read it.

Steven Weinberg's "Cosmology" is a thorough, graduate-level introduction to the field, which incorporates the frenzied developments since his 1972 classic, "Gravitation and Cosmology". This is sure to be another hit. (New Scientist)

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This book is unique in the detailed, self-contained, and comprehensive treatment that it gives to the ideas and formulas that are used and tested in modern cosmological research. It divides into two parts, each of which provides enough material for a one-semester graduate course. The first part deals chiefly with the isotropic and homogeneous average universe; the second part concentrates on the departures from the average universe. Throughout the book the author presents detailed analytic calculations of cosmological phenomena, rather than just report results obtained elsewhere by numerical computation. The book is up to date, and gives detailed accounts of topics such as recombination, microwave background polarization, leptogenesis, gravitational lensing, structure formation, and multifield inflation, that are usually treated superficially if at all in treatises on cosmology. Copious references to current research literature are supplied. Appendices include a brief introduction to general relativity, and a detailed derivation of the Boltzmann equation for photons and neutrinos used in calculations of cosmological evolution. Also provided is an assortment of problems.

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  • Relié: 624 pages
  • Editeur : OUP Oxford (21 février 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0198526822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198526827
  • Dimensions du produit: 24,6 x 3,6 x 17,8 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Robert Bruce Scott le 28 avril 2013
Format: Relié
Weinberg has done a remarkable job in developing cosmology from first principles. It reads like a guided passage through the literature, including citations to many original articles. It is mostly clearly written though succinct and at times he demands a lot of the reader. My one complaint is that I found I could get lost in the forest for all the trees. E.g. in chapter 3 on the CMB, I lost the context and was not clear what range of temperatures, what time period after the big bang, etc. were being discussed. In chapter 1 there is so much detail on the astronomy I got bored, tried to skip ahead, then realized I missed some critical material on dark matter. For that reason I would recommend learning the material first with another, perhaps more elementary, book. For example, Liddle (2003) provides a very accessible (middle undergraduate level) yet useful overview of cosmology. But the serious postgraduate student of cosmology needs more than one textbook in the field, and this should be among them. As Guth remarked, the special feature of Weinberg's approach is his thoroughness. To this I would add that his careful citations to the original literature are another unique and useful feature for someone aiming to enter the field. Thankyou Mr. Weinberg; you've done a great service to the community.
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Ce livre est un suite du precedent livre de Weinberg "relativity and cosmology", un tres bon textbook ecrit dans les annees 70. Cependant dans les deux denieres decennies notre connaissance en cosmologie a eu un avance explosive et il etait bien le temps d'avoir un livre ecrit par un scientifique de niveau de Weinberg. "Cosmology" couvre tous les sujets important pour la cosmologie et il peut etre utile pour les etudients niveau master et superieur comme un textbook et pour les cherecheurs comme un resume rapide qui contient egalement des references aux travaux originaux pour plus de details.
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A Must have For Every Theoretical Physicist 16 mai 2008
Par Ramanan - Publié sur
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Wow! This is the first review of the book in the whole of internet (had reviewed it in the website). I got a copy of Steven Weinberg's Cosmology two months back though Amazon and am happy! Reminds me of the day back in early 2000 when I pre-ordered Weinberg's Supersymmetry and the day I got it was full of intellectual thrills. All the other texts had a very superficial treatment of Supersymmetry and this was also the case with Cosmology - until now, when the biggest physicist in the post-world-war-2 era wrote on the subject!

Any review of Weinberg's texts is far from complete without having to say something about the Preface. The reader will remember the preface of his book on Gravitation and Cosmology where Weinberg tells us how dissatisfied he was with the usual approach to studying Gravitation and how he sees General Relativity as a consequence of constraints imposed by the quantum theory of massless Spin-2 particles. The reason for Weinberg to write the texts on Quantum Field Theory was also spelled out in the preface - he wanted to address a deep question: "Why Quantum Fields?". In the preface of this book, the author tells us that he wanted to share his experience of learning the latest development of Cosmology, since lots has happened in this area recently. Plus of course, he indirectly (and correctly!) points out how incomplete the usual review articles on Cosmology are.

That indeed is true! And this book precisely will help the reader in learning Cosmology in a way where equations are actually derived and not just mentioned with a reference. Usual treatment of cosmology is vague and superficial and in this text the reader will find not only the full derivation but also good explanations.

The book can be divided in 2 parts. In Chapters 1-4 the reader is introduced to topics ranging from the Robertson-Walker metric to the expanding universe to inflation. The reader has to be familiar with General Relativity to start reading this book. There is a small Appendix in the book on GR: however it should be seen as a write-up for establishing conventions. The remainder of the book (Chapters 5-10) consider advanced topics such as anisotropies, growth of structure and multi-field inflation. Weinberg mentions that he did not want to cover speculative topics and this seems to make sense for such a book. (Though I would have loved a section on the Cosmic Anthropic Principle)

To summarize, this is simply the best reference for Cosmology and Weinberg has once again written a text, noboby else could have.
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Excellent, likely the new standard 8 novembre 2008
Par Dean Welch - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This book is the most complete and up-to-date book on cosmology I know of. It's extremely well written and very detailed. It's all so good, it's hard to say anything especially stands out. Nevertheless I especially enjoyed the discussions (done throughout the book) of the cosmic microwave background fluctuations, dark matter and dark energy. If you're read authors three volume set on quantum field theory or his graduate level text on gravitation, the writing in this book is exactly what you'd expect.

Obviously one can't understand cosmology without knowledge of general relativity, but this book doesn't require an especially strong knowledge of it. In addition to basic general relativity a couple of other things perspective readers would probably want some background in are statistical mechanics and the standard model of particle physics. The Robertson-Walker solution is pretty much taken as a given, solutions like Taub-NUT that clearly don't describe our universe are not covered. More speculative aspects of cosmology are not discussed. For example you won't find coverage of things like the Wheeler-DeWitt equation, quantum cosmology, non-standard topologies, topological defects (monopoles are mentioned briefly) or higher dimensional theories.

Aside from the speculative topics it covers everything most people would want to know. The topics include: the cosmological distance ladder, the cosmic microwave background, nucleosynthesis, structure formation, inflation, dark matter (baryonic and non-baryonic) and dark energy.

One of the striking features of this book is that it makes it very clear how precise the measurements in cosmology are. One example is Hubble's constant is give as 71+/- 6 (in the usual units), while in Peeble's excellent book (from 1993) was only known to be in the range 50-85. Another is that many measurements have been made to a fairly high precision and they fit together beautifully, the very realistic possibility (if the current model did not reflect reality quite well) that there are some conflicts is not realized.

All-in-all this is an excellent book that I would expect anyone seeking a deep knowledge or cosmology would enjoy. If one's interest in cosmology is more casual it may be too detailed.
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A wonderful book! 11 juillet 2011
Par George B. Purdy - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I was skeptical at first because Weinberg's own work in cosmology, so nicely explained in his book The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe is quite old.

But "Cosmology" is not about his own work. In the preface he explains that in 1999 particle physicists like himself were starting to find cosmology more relevant than particle accelerators, and he had time on his hands because he had just finished writing his three volume set on quantum field theory, The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 1: Foundations, The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 2: Modern Applications, and The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 3: Supersymmetry. So he decided to teach himself the developments in cosmology of the last 20 years. He started by reading survey articles. But he found they often left out the proofs or gave incomplete or incorrect ones. The proofs they referred to were sometimes just complicated computer calculations. He tried to reconstruct partially explained proofs and very often gave up and produced his own completely original proofs, and this book is the result. He spent the years from 1999 to 2008 on this effort.

And so it is to everyone's good luck that this Nobel prize winning particle physicist rolled up his sleeves and devoted a decade of his life to understanding modern cosmology.

He is one of the main architects of the Standard Model and rumors from CERN are that a Higgs boson has been detected and that its existence may be verified as early as the Summer of 2012. He must be very happy, because his work for which he received a Nobel prize was based on the existence of the Higgs field. By the way, this means that there is an ether after all, but it's Lorentz invariant, and you cannot detect your motion relative to it!
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Insightful look at modern cosmology 6 décembre 2008
Par M. E. Alexander - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Cosmology has advanced at an extremely rapid pace in the past couple of decades, becoming inextricably linked with particle physics which itself is developing at a dizzying pace. The time is right for a summary of the current situation, bringing together the latest observational findings and theoretical developments in both these fields. There is no better scientist than Weinberg to carry out this task. "Cosmology" nicely complements his earlier, and oft-cited classic, "Gravitation and Cosmology" (1972), in his unique style - an inspiring blend of physical insight and self-contained mathematical derivations. For anyone with a good undergraduate-level understanding of physics, this book provides an excellent entry-point into the vast and rapidly-growing literature on many aspects of modern cosmology, and will position the reader well for understanding the true significance of new findings. With the persistent mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, the Large Hadron Collider expected soon to yield results, no time has been better to bring our current understanding of cosmology up to date, and no-one better than Weinberg to accomplish this task.
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But it's not for the timid! 16 février 2013
Par Stephen Bates - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book is aimed at physicists, cosmologists and astronomers, or grad students in those fields. Readers will need superb mathematical skills... and good eyesight for the tiny print. Amateurs, even serious amateurs with adequate math skills, need not apply.
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