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Best way for a layman to get up to speed on cosmology outside of school

  1. Jan 2, 2008 #1
    I got as far as Calc 2 in college, took some college physics and read lots of popular cosmology books. What if I want to get technical now? What specific math do I need to know to fast track it without learning things that are irrelevant? It's too late to go back to school now.
     
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  3. Jan 2, 2008 #2

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    Have a look at Lineweaver Inflation and the CMB
    http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0305179

    it has equations, but they are easy equations
    the graphs and figures are really helpful.
    a lot of things are explained in a clear mathematical way without the math being especially hard
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    start playing around with the java cosmology calculators at Ned Wright's site and also
    the one at Morgan's site that converts redshift to recession speed.
    http://www.uni.edu/morgans/ajjar/Cosmology/cosmos.html
    when you start with it, put in three standard parameters
    matter density 0.27
    Lambda density 0.73
    Hubble parameter 71

    To find Ned Wright's cosmology calculators, just google Ned Wright
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    Here is a basic SciAm cosmoogy article by Lineweaver NOT technical (so not what you asked for) but valuable anyway
    Misconceptions about the Big Bang.
    http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~aes/AST105/Readings/misconceptionsBigBang.pdf

    Here are the class materials links for a Princeton General Astronomy course, see if anything there is useful
    http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~aes/AST105/syllabus.notes.html

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    FOR GENERAL RELATIVITY there is Sean Carroll's online textbook at the LivingReviews site. I can't personally recommend but people do use it as a textbook and he's a talented expository writer.

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    this is just a start. Other people will have other suggestions, I hope. I'll be interested to see what the others recommend.
     
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