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Cosmology seeks to characterise our Universe in terms of models based on well understood and tested physics Today we know our Universe with a precision that once would have been unthinkable This book develops the entire mathematical, physical and statistical framework within which this has been achieved It tells the story of how we arrive at our profound conclusions, starting from the early twentieth century and following developments up to the latest data analysis of big astronomical datasets It provides an enlightening description of the mathematical, physical and statistical basis for understanding and interpreting the results of key space and ground based data Subjects covered include general relativity, cosmological models, the inhomogeneous Universe, physics of the cosmic background radiation, and methods and results of data analysis Extensive online supplementary notes, exercises, teaching materials, and exercises in Python make this the perfect companion for researchers, teachers and students in physics, mathematics, and astrophysics

1 thoughts on “Precision Cosmology: The First Half Million Years

  1. F.Ditlow F.Ditlow says:

    This book is a very detailed overview of the growth and the current status of precision cosmology It contains a lot of information and explains theory, methods, and results of many cosmological experiments The parts are presented in such a way, that they mostly can be studied independently and also can be used as independent references This, on the other hand, creates a lot of repetition when the book is read sequentially My main complaint is that the book needs a serious proof reading because it has many typos, especially in formulas They can throw an inattentive reader off the track.