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Is the Universe Open or Closed? : The Density of Matter in the Universe - Peter Coles

Is the Universe Open or Closed?

The Density of Matter in the Universe

By: Peter Coles, George Ellis, Peter Goddard (Adapted By), Julia Yeomans (Adapted By)

Paperback Published: 9th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521566896
Number Of Pages: 256

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This controversial book examines one of the most fundamental questions of modern cosmology: how much matter is there in the Universe? This issue affects theories of the origin and evolution of the Universe as well as its geometrical structure and ultimate fate. The authors address this debate and point out the most likely avenues for determining the actual density of Universe matter in both visible and invisible forms by pulling together evidence from all available sources. They conclude that the balance of arguments presently lies with a density of around twenty percent of the critical density required for the Universe to ultimately recollapse. Written by two eminent cosmologists, this topical and provocative book will be essential reading for all cosmologists and astrophysicists.

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'... a very thorough and systematic tour of both the traditional arguments made for and against a high-density Universe and of the latest observational evidence. The broad scope of the physical processes involved, ranging from primordial nucleosynthesis, through the properties of the cosmic microwave background and supernovae to gravitational lensing make this book an ideal introduction to modern observational cosmology.' Shaun Cole, The Observatory 'I commend this closely-argued and stimulating book to anyone who has a serious interest in contemporary cosmological issues.' Iain Nicolson, Astronomy Now '... this book gives a very good review over a broad range of established and more speculative cosmological aspects of the past, present, and future of our universe.' Michael Bachmann, Zentralblatt fur Mathematik

Theoretical arguments
Cosmological observations
Element abundances
Astrophysical arguments
Large-scale structure
The cosmic microwave background
More realistic universe models
What is the verdict?
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ISBN: 9780521566896
ISBN-10: 0521566894
Series: Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 9th June 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38

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