Main Question or Discussion Point
Is there a modern cosmology textbook as good or better than Scott Dodelson's?
Are there any textbooks that derive the metric for spaces of constant curvature from scratch? The FRW metric comes from this. But I've not seen any books that actually derive these metrics of constant curvature. Thanks.Comparisons are inherently subjective, but John Peacock's 'Cosmological Physics' is as good as any textbook I've found. A far less known (and much smaller) textbook, Eric Linder's 'First Principles of Cosmology' is also very good.
I suspect that Weinberg's cosmology book will be somewhat like his field theory books. For beginners, I like Ryden's book; whenever I look at it, my enthusiasm increases. At the middle level, maybe Coles and Lucchin, but, even though I have it, I haven't really looked at it.I hope Weinberg does better job than Mukhanov explaining modern cosmology to beginners or middle level.