The Oxford Companion to Cosmology (Oxford Paperback Reference)
Here is a lavishly illustrated, state-of-the-art look at modern cosmology, the only such resource presently available. In more than 350 in-depth entries, Andrew Liddle and Jon Loveday cover the entire scope of this cutting-edge field, from cosmic rays and dark energy to Higgs bosons and neutrinos. Beginning with an introductory essay on Hot Big Bang Cosmology, the Companion illuminates the ideas behind our current understanding of the universe, outlines some of the fundamental physics from which those ideas emerge, and discusses the many strands of observational evidence available to the modern cosmologist. The authors tackle such fascinating topics as anti-matter, the age of the universe, black holes, quasars, and radio galaxies. The book also features biographical profiles of major scientists and informative entries on the tools of exploration such as the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Keck Observatory. Extensive cross-referencing allows readers to pursue ideas throughout the book, and web links direct the reader to recommended online resources which will be regulary updated via the books companion website.
The biggest Oxford Companion of them all
By Mike Birman - June 3, 2008
The Oxford Companion series contains several splendid volumes devoted to such things as Wine, the Bible, Classical Literature and the American Musical. This Oxford Companion devoted to Cosmology or the scientific study of the birth, growth and ultimate fate of the universe, is without question the largest and most inclusive one of all. Co-authored by Astrophysicist Andrew Liddle, whose previous books include two superb astrophysics and cosmology textbooks: An Introduction to Modern Cosmology and Cosmological Inflation and Large-Scale Structure, the purpose of this Oxford Companion to Cosmology is to provide a coherent one-stop resource containing the latest information on the history and structure of the Cosmos.
The past two decades have seen an explosion in knowledge, but as in every cutting-edge scientific field, the more that we discover the more questions we unearth. The stunning discovery in the late 1990s that the expansion of the universe was accelerating has... read more
This book puts it together very nicely!
By Unhappy Camper - January 7, 2010
One would not assume that a dictionary approach would work for something as far flung as modern cosmology--But it did so exceptionally well. While avoiding the highly technical, Liddle and Loveday succeed in drawing the landscape in a way that an interested reader cannot miss. And they do it with humor, consistency and clarity. Well done!
A useful explanatory text, but with significant errors
By R. A. Lang "madbioman" - March 9, 2013
`Three stars' due to its unique concept & reasonable execution. A harder marker would give this book 2 stars, due to several significant errors. See the end of this review, which lists many serious inaccuracies. Firstly, some positives.....This book bravely sets out to explain cosmology in a series of long encyclopedia-style entries, without excessive 'technical' jargon that is unexplained in the other entries, and with only the odd equation at about the college/high-school/beginning-university level. On these terms, it succeeds in giving the persistent amateur astronomer, the science-oriented member of the general public, the educator, or the beginning physics/astrophysics/astronomy or applied-mathematics student, a good general grounding in the concepts & ideas of cosmology and in the application of physics & math to our observations ( measurements) of the universe. It also simplifies and explains much of the complex history, lore, and `obscure field-specific jargon' of... read more
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