Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback Book

Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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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.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, numerous halftones and line figures
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Cosmology & the universe
  • ISBN: 9780192854162

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I'm one of those people who likes to know a little bit about a lot of things, so I have several Very Short Introductions that I'm gradually getting around to reading.<br/><br/>Despite being a book for the layman, I still felt like the maths and concepts in the book were just a little over my head, which is really what I get for trying to jump right into cosmology and the functioning of the universe without all the intermediate steps. It's also a living field with new developments all the time, so the fact that the book's over ten years old means even I knew enough to know that parts of it were out of date now, inevitably.<br/><br/>I know a little bit more about cosmology now than I did when I started, though, and that was all I wanted, so I'd say the book succeeded at what it set out to do.