Modern CosmologyModern Cosmology begins with an introduction to the smooth, homogeneous universe described by a FriedmanRobertsonWalker metric, including careful treatments of dark energy, big bang nucleosynthesis, recombination, and dark matter. From this starting point, the reader is introduced to perturbations about an FRW universe: their evolution with the EinsteinBoltzmann equations, their generation by primordial inflation, and their observational consequences. These consequences include the anisotropy spectrum of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) featuring acoustic peaks and polarization, the matter power spectrum with baryonic wiggles, and their detection via photometric galaxy surveys, redshift distortions, cluster abundances, and weak lensing. The book concludes with a long chapter on data analysis. Modern Cosmology is the first book to explain in detail the structure of the acoustic peaks in the CMB, the E/B decomposition in polarization which may allow for detection of primordial gravity waves, and the modern analysis techniques used on increasingly large cosmological data sets. Readers will gain the tools needed to work in cosmology and learn how modern observations are rapidly revolutionizing our picture of the universe.

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The Standard Model and Beyond  1 
students in physics and astronomy and to advanced undergrads looking to get  6 
Exercises  21 
First many of the predictions are statistical We dont predict that there should  27 
Exercises  53 
Exercises  80 
The Boltzmann Equations  84 
is such a broad subject Many important papers discoveries and even subbranches  97 
Inhomogeneities  180 
Anisotropies  216 
Probes of Inhomogeneities  261 
Weak Lensing and Polarization  292 
Analysis  336 
A Solutions to Selected Problems  392 
B Numbers  415 
Symbols  422 