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Calibrating the Cosmos

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Beschreibung

This book explains in clear, non-mathematical language the measurements and the interpretation of the resulting data that have led to the current understanding of the origin, evolution and properties of our expanding Big Bang universe. Theoretical concepts are emphasized, but no other book for the layman explains how model universes are generated, and how they function as the templates against which ours is compared and analyzed. Background material is provided in the first four chapters; the current picture and how it was attained are discussed in the next four chapters; and some unsolved problems and conjectured solutions are explored in the final chapter.



Until his retirement Professor Levin was a faculty member at Brown University, teaching a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in physics and mathematics. Since retiring in 2001 he has taught adult education courses on cosmology and the universe (2002, 2003, and 2005), and on quantum ideas and phenomena (2004 and 2006). His publications include An Introduction to Quantum Theory (Cambridge, 2001/2002), co-editor with D. A. Micha, two volumes in the series, Finite Systems and Multiparticle Dynamics (Plenum): Vol. 1 Long Range Casimir Forces (1993); Vol. 2 Coulomb Interactions in Nuclear and Atomic Few-body Systems (1996).



Autorentext

Until his retirement Professor Levin was a faculty member at Brown University, teaching a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in physics and mathematics. Since retiring in 2001 he has taught adult education courses on cosmology and the universe (2002, 2003, and 2005), and on quantum ideas and phenomena (2004 and 2006). His publications include An Introduction to Quantum Theory (Cambridge, 2001/2002), co-editor with D. A. Micha, two volumes in the series, Finite Systems and Multiparticle Dynamics (Plenum): Vol. 1 Long Range Casimir Forces (1993); Vol. 2 Coulomb Interactions in Nuclear and Atomic Few-body Systems (1996).



Klappentext

Calibrating the Cosmos describes hard science, but is gently written. It explains in clear, non-mathematical language the measurements and the interpretation of the resulting data that have led to the current understanding of the origin, evolution and properties of our expanding Big Bang universe. Many people have a sketchy idea of the work of cosmologists, but Professor Levin's experience in teaching both scientific and liberal arts students has enabled him to impart much of our current thinking without resorting to difficult mathematics. Theoretical concepts are emphasized, in particular the symmetries of homogeneity and isotropy enjoyed by our universe on the largest scales, how these symmetries lead to only one quantity being needed to describe the growth of the universe from its infancy to the present time, and how the so-called parameters of the universe are the ingredients used to construct the model universes to which ours - the real thing - is compared. Levin includes the 2003 results from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) and the 2003 and 2004 results of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to ensure that the book is up to date. He explains the relevance of the discoveries done by the new physics Nobel laureates Smoot and Mather! Background material is provided in the first four chapters; the current picture and how it was attained are discussed in the next four chapters; and some unsolved problems and conjectured solutions are explored in the final chapter. TOC:Preface.- Introduction: the Splendid Science.- Measuring Distances: On the Earth, In the Solar System, To the Nearby Stars.- Light, Radiation and Quanta.- Stars: Attributes, Energetics, Endstages.- The Expanding Universe.- Homogeneous, Isotropic Universes.- The Parameters of the Universe.- The Early Universe.- Conjectures.- Appendix A: Powers of Ten.- Appendix B: Primordial Nucleosynthesis.- Appendix C: The Elementary Particle Zoo.- Chapter Notes.- Bibliography.- Glossary.- List of Symbols.- Author's Note and Acknowledgements.-Index.



Inhalt
Introduction: The Splendid Science.- Measuring Distances: On the Earth, in the Solar System, to the Nearby Stars.- Light, Radiation, and Quanta.- Stars: Attributes, Energetics, End Stages.- The Expanding Universe.- Homogeneous, Isotropic Universes.- The Parameters of the Universe.- The Early Universe.- Conjectures.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Calibrating the Cosmos
Untertitel: How Cosmology Explains Our Big Bang Universe
EAN: 9780387497686
ISBN: 978-0-387-49768-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Springer
Genre: Physik, Astronomie
Anzahl Seiten: 301
Veröffentlichung: 05.04.2007
Jahr: 2007
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.3 MB