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1: The visible universe 2: Our Galaxy and other galaxies 3: The empirical basis for cosmological theories 4: The big-bang models 5: Early stages of the big bang 6: From fireball to the present 7: Observational cosmology 8: Other cosmological theories Epilogue: twenty controversies in cosmology today Answers to problems Further reading Glossary Physical constants and conversion of factors Index

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Michael Rowan-Robinson is Professor of Astrophysics at Imperial College, London, UK. He is one of Britain's foremost astronomers.


`Review from previous edition Well-written and well-presented text which will appeal to both specialists and non-specialists.' Aslib Book Guide `As in earlier editions, the book nicely occupies the gap between popular texts and those that grapple with a full general relativistic approach; it provides just about the right level of numerical and mathematical detail for an introductory course at, say, first- or second-year undergraduate level [...] a handy little book.' The Observatory

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