Cosmology and Relativity

Module Code: AA3053

Module Tutor: Roger Clowes

Next Run Date: Sep 2020

Module Credits: 20

You will build upon the introduction to cosmology provided by AA1053, by adopting a more mathematical approach to cosmology and relativity. You will be presented with the essentials of the subject, emphasising the underlying physics and the observational consequences.

Recommended Text Book(s)

The main book for the cosmology part of the course is:

Ryden, B., 2017, Introduction to Cosmology, 2nd edition,Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9781107154834

The following books are accessible online through UCLan library:

Petkov, V., 2009, Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime, 2nd ed., Springer Berlin Heidelberg, ISBN: 9783642019623. (A modern discussion of relativity and spacetime, could supplement with one of the further-reading books for practice exercises).

Schneider, P., 2015, Extragalactic astronomy and cosmology : an introduction, 2nd edition, Springer, ISBN: 9783642540820 (hbk.) (Less emphasis on deriving results than Ryden’s book but excellent for the observational context).

The following books are a bit below the level of the course but are also available from UCLan library as an electronic resource.

Liddle, A., 2003, An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, 2Rev  edition, Wiley, ISBN-13: 978-0470848357 ; ISBN-10: 0470848359, £19..99. (First edition is out of date and no longer suitable).

French, A. P., 1968, Special Relativity, Norton, ISBN-13: 978-0748764228 ; ISBN-10: 0748764224, £31.99.