Is the Universe Open or Closed?: The Density of Matter in the Universe

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April 2003



A provocative and timely review of one of the most hotly debated topics in cosmology today, for graduate students and researchers.


Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Theoretical arguments; 3. Cosmological observations; 4. Element abundances; 5. Astrophysical arguments; 6. Large-scale structure; 7. The cosmic microwave background; 8. More realistic universe models; 9. What is the verdict?; References; Index.


'... a very thorough and systematic tour of both the traditional arguments made for and against a high-density Universe and of the latest observational evidence. The broad scope of the physical processes involved, ranging from primordial nucleosynthesis, through the properties of the cosmic microwave background and supernovae to gravitational lensing make this book an ideal introduction to modern observational cosmology.' Shaun Cole, The Observatory 'I commend this closely-argued and stimulating book to anyone who has a serious interest in contemporary cosmological issues.' Iain Nicolson, Astronomy Now '... this book gives a very good review over a broad range of established and more speculative cosmological aspects of the past, present, and future of our universe.' Michael Bachmann, Zentralblatt fur Mathematik
EAN: 9780521566896
ISBN: 0521566894
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Lecture Notes in Phy'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2003
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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