Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192854162

Peter Coles
160 Pages
114 x 179 mm
Pub date
Aug 2001
Very Short Introductions


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  • Written in simple language, without mathematics
  • Covers both the history of cosmology and the latest developments
  • Explains what is known, what is believed, and what is purely speculative
  • Peter Coles writes extremely well for a general readership: he is author of Einstein and the Total Eclipse and Hawking and the Mind of God, as well as textbooks on cosmology

This book is a simple, non-technical introduction to cosmology, explaining what it is and what cosmologists do. Peter Coles discusses the history of the subject, the development of the Big Bang theory, and more speculative modern issues like quantum cosmology, superstrings, and dark matter. 


1: A Brief History
2: Einstein and All That
3: The Big Bang
4: In the Beginning
5: Cosmology by Numbers
6: What's the Matter?
7: The Emergence of Structure
8: The Future

About the author: 

Peter Coles is Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics and Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex. He has co-written two textbooks on cosmology, and over a hundred technical articles on various aspects of the Big Bang theory. He is also author of Einstein and the Total Eclipse and Hawking and the Mind of God.

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