Modern Cosmology

Modern Cosmology

2nd Edition - April 18, 2020

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  • Authors: Scott Dodelson, Fabian Schmidt
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128159491
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159484

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Modern Cosmology, Second Edition, provides a detailed introduction to the field of cosmology. Beginning with the smooth, homogeneous universe described by a Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker metric, this trusted resource includes careful treatments of dark energy, big bang nucleosynthesis, recombination, and dark matter. The reader is then introduced to perturbations about an FLRW universe: their evolution with the Einstein-Boltzmann equations, their primordial generation by inflation, and their observational consequences: the acoustic peaks in the CMB; the E/B decomposition in polarization; gravitational lensing of the CMB and large-scale structure; and the BAO standard ruler and redshift-space distortions in galaxy clustering. The Second Edition now also covers nonlinear structure formation including perturbation theory and simulations. The book concludes with a substantially updated chapter on data analysis. Modern Cosmology, Second Edition, shows how modern observations are rapidly revolutionizing our picture of the universe, and supplies readers with all the tools needed to work in cosmology.

Key Features

  • Offers a unique and practical approach for learning how to perform cosmological calculations.
  • New material on theory, simulations, and analysis of nonlinear structure.
  • Substantial updates on new developments in cosmology since the previous edition.


Physics graduate students in Cosmology course, researchers in physics, astronomy, and astrophysics

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Concordance Model of Cosmology
    2. The Expanding Universe
    3. The Fundamental Equations of Cosmology
    4. The Origin of Species
    5. The Inhomogeneous Universe: Matter & Radiation
    6. The Inhomogeneous Universe: Gravity
    7. Initial Conditions
    8. Growth of Structure: Linear Theory
    9. The Cosmic Microwave Background
    10. The Polarized CMB
    11. Probes of Structure: Tracers
    12. Growth of Structure: Beyond Linear Theory
    13. Probes of Structure: Lensing
    14. Analysis and Inference

Product details

  • No. of pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: April 18, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128159491
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159484

About the Authors

Scott Dodelson

Scott Dodelson is Head of the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a research fellow at Harvard before moving to Fermilab, the University of Chicago, and Carnegie Mellon. He is the author of more than 200 papers on cosmology, most of which focus on the cosmic microwave background and the large-scale structure of the universe. Dodelson serves as the co-Chair of the Science Committee of the Dark Energy Survey.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, NASA Fermilab Astrophysics Center, Illinois, USA

Fabian Schmidt

Fabian Schmidt is a research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA) in Garching, Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago in 2009, and moved to MPA after fellowships at Caltech and Princeton. His work in cosmology (approximately 100 papers so far) focuses on theory, numerics, and analysis of quasilinear and nonlinear large-scale structure, and how we can learn from it about gravity, dark energy, and the physics of inflation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany

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