Learn Cosmology: Books for Self-Learning Up to Grad Level

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I have long been interested in cosmology, and I took a course with the same title in undergrad. We used Liddle's book An Introduction to Modern Cosmology which I thought was pretty good, but it was relatively short. I have knowledge of mathematics and physics up to early graduate level (got my BS in Physics, minored in Math and have had some math courses from grad school engineering). What I am looking for are some good books that aren't too expensive (<$150 would be an estimate) that would allow me to learn and understand cosmology at a deeper level. Any recommendations?
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You don't need to buy any books, as long as you have an internet connection fast enough to support streaming video. Some of the most interesting people in the field have lectured at schools, institutes, etc, and Serkan Cabi has generously gathered many, many links.

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I found a torrent with a bunch of books on GR and cosmology. What would be a good list you can come up with from these that would get me on the track to learning and understanding GR and cosmology?

Aldrovandi, Pereira. Introduction to General Relativity (2004).pdf
Belinski V., Verdaguer E. Gravitational Solitons (2001).pdf
Bergmann, de Sabbata. Spin in gravity (1998).djvu
Blagojevic M. Gravitation and gauge symmetries (2002).djvu
Blagojevic M. Gravitation and gauge symmetries (2002).pdf
Bona C., Palenzuela-Luque C. Elements of numerical relativity (2005).pdf
Brout et al. Primer for black hole quantum physics (1995).djvu
Burko, Ori. Internal structure of black holes and spacetime singularities (1997).djvu
Carmeli M. Classical Fields - General Relativityy and Gauge Theory (1982).djvu
Carmeli M., Fickler. Relativity (1970).djvu
Carroll S. Lectures on general relativity (1997).pdf
Carter B. Black Hole Equilibrium States.. Part 1 (1972).djvu
Carter B. Black Hole Equilibrium States.. Part 2 (1972).djvu
Ciufolini (ed.). Gravitational waves (2001).pdf
Cotsakis. Proc. 2nd Samos meeting on cosmology, geometry and relativity (2000).pdf
De Felice, Clarke. Relativity on curved manifolds (1990).djvu
De Sabbata V., Gasperini M. Introduction to gravitation (1985).djvu
DeWitt, DeWitt. Black Holes (1973).djvu
DeWitt, DeWitt. Relativity, Groups, and Topology (1964) 2.djvu
DeWitt, DeWitt. Relativity, Groups, and Topology (1964).djvu
DeWitt, Wheeler. Battelle Rencontres.. 1967 lectures in mathematics and physics (1968).djvu
Dirac. General theory of relativity (1975).djvu
Ehlers. Isolated gravitating systems in general relativity (1979).djvu
Ehlers. Relativity theory and astrophysics. 1. Relativity and cosmology (1967).djvu
Einstein A. Grundzuege der Relativitaetstheorie (1990)(de).djvu
Einstein A. Relativity.. the special and general theory (1920).pdf
Esposito G. Complex general relativity (2002).pdf
Esposito. Asymptotic structure of space-time (1977).djvu
Frauendiener. Analytical and numerical approaches to mathematical relativity (2006).pdf
Fre P. Classical and Quantum Black Holes (1999).djvu
Fre P. Course in general relativity (lecture notes,2003).pdf
Frolov, Novikov. Black hole physics.. basic concepts and new developments (1997).djvu
Futterman. Scattering from Black Holes (1988).djvu
Gardner. Differential geometry and relativity (lecture notes,2004).pdf
Geroch R. General relativity from A to B (U.Chicago,1978).djvu
Gibbons, Shellard. Future of theoretical physics and cosmology (2003).djvu
Gravitational physics.. exploring the structure of space and time.djvu
Groen, Hervik. Einstein's general theory of relativity (2004).pdf
Hawking S. Nature of space and time (1995).pdf
Hawking S.W. Papers on the Big Bang and Black Holes (1993).djvu
Hawking S.W., Israel W. 300 years of gravitation (1987).djvu
Hawking S.W., Israel W. General relativity.. an Einstein centenary survey (1979).djvu
Hawking, Ellis. The large scale structure of space-time (1973).djvu
Hehl F. Black holes.. theory and observation(1998).djvu
Hehl. Metric-affine gauge theory of gravity (1995).djvu
Held A. Vol.1. General relativity and gravitation (1980).djvu
Held A. Vol.2. General relativity and gravitation (1980).djvu
Hestenes. Spacetime calculus, with applications to electrodynamics, QT and gravitation.djvu
Hobson. General relativity.. an introduction for physicists (2006).pdf
Hughston, Tod. Introduction to general relativity (1990).djvu
Isenberg J. Mathematics and General Relativity (1986).djvu
Israel W. Relativity, astrophysics and cosmology (1973).djvu
Ivanenko, Sardanashvily. Gauge treatment of gravity (1983).djvu
Janis, Porter. Recent advances in general relativity (1992).djvu
Kilmister C.W. General theory of relativity (1973).djvu
Lawden. Introduction to tensor calculus, relativity and cosmology (3ed.,1982).djvu
Levy, Recent developments in gravitation (Cargese 1978 lectures,1979)(p.1-273).djvu
Lichnerowicz A. Sur les equations relativistes de la gravitation (1952)(fr).djvu
Linet B. Cours de Relativite generale (fr).pdf
Ludvigsen M. General Relativity - a geometric approach (1999).pdf
Ludvigsen M. General relativity.. a geometric approach (1999).djvu
Macdonald A. Elementary general relativity (lecture notes,2004).pdf
Macias. Exact Solutions and Scalar Fields in Gravity.. Recent Developments (2002).djvu
Martel K. Signal detection of gravitational waves from binaries (phd thesis,1999).djvu
McGlinn W.D. Introduction to relativity (Johns Hopkins,2002).pdf
Misner, Thorne, Wheeler. Gravitation (1973).djvu
Moss I. Quantum theory, black holes and inflation (1996).djvu
Norbury. General relativity and cosmology for undergraduates (UW lectures,1997).pdf
Ohanian H. Gravitation and spacetime (1976).djvu
Oloff R. Geometrie der Raumzeit (2ed.,2002)(de).djvu
Papapetrou A. Lectures on general relativity (1974).djvu
Penrose R. Techniques of differential topology in relativity (1972).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Allday J. Quarks, Leptons and the Big Bang (2ed.,2002).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Amendola L. Dark energy (Heidelberg lectures,2005).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Amoroso. Gravitation and Cosmology - From the Hubble radius to the Planck scale (2002).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Bailin. Cosmology in gauge field theory and string theory (2004).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Balian. Physical cosmology (1980).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Barkana. The first sources of light and the reionization of the universe (2001).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Berry M. Principles of cosmology and gravitation (1976) 2.djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Berry M. Principles of cosmology and gravitation (1976).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Bonometto (ed). Modern cosmology (2001).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Bonometto (ed). Modern cosmology (2001).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Chun Yu. Relativity and Cosmology (U.Colorado lectures,2001).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Coles. Cosmology.. the origin and evolution of cosmic structure (2ed.,2002).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Collins, Martin. Particle Physics and Cosmology (1989) 2.djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Collins, Martin. Particle Physics and Cosmology (1989).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Dodelson S. Modern cosmology (2003).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Dominguez-Tenreiro. Introduction to cosmology and particle physics (1988).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Emelyanov. Physics in multidimensional spaces and the beginning of metagalaxy (1986).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Falcke, Hehl. The galactic black hole.. Lectures on general relativity and astrophysics (2002).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Garcia-Bellido J. Cosmology for string theorists, a crash course (2002-05).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Garcia-Bellido J. Lectures on cosmology (CERN-JINR European school).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Grupen C. Astroparticle Physics (2005).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/History of the universe.jpg
PGrc_Cosmology/Hudson M. Cosmology lecture notes (PHYS 787, U.Waterloo, 2005).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Islam J.N. Introduction to mathematical cosmology (2ed.,2004).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Kibble. Some implications of a cosmological phase transition (1980).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Kim J.E. Light pseudoscalars, particle physics and cosmology (1987).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Klapdor-Kleingrothaus. Particle Astrophysics (2000).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Kodama, Sasaki. Cosmological perturbation theory (1984).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Kofman, Linde. Generation of density perturbations in inflationary cosmology (1987).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Kolb E.W., Turner M.S. The early universe (1988).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Kursunoglu. The Role of Neutrinos, Strings, Gravity, and Var.Cosmol.Const. in Particle Physics (2002).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Lachieze-Rey M. Cosmology. A First Course (1995).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Lachieze-Rey, Luminet. Cosmic topology (1995).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Liddle A. Introduction to modern cosmology (2ed.,2003).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Liddle A. Introduction to modern cosmology (2ed.,2003).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Liddle, Lyth. Cosmological inflation and large-scale structure (2000).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Linde A. Particle physics and inflationary cosmology (2004).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Mukhanov V.F. Physical foundations of cosmology (2005).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Mukhanov, Feldman. Theory of cosmological perturbations (1992).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Overduin, Wesson. Dark Sky, Dark Matter (2003).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Padmanabhan T. Structure formation in the universe (1993).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Padmanabhan T. Theoretical astrophysics vol.2.. stars and stellar systems.djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Padmanabhan T. Theoretical astrophysics vol.3.. galaxies and cosmology.djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Papantonopoulos (ed.). The physics of the early universe (2005).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Peacock J.A. Cosmological physics.djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Peebles P.J.E. Physical cosmology (Princeton,1971).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Peebles P.J.E. Principles of physical cosmology (Princeton, 1993).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Raine, Thomas. An introduction to the science of cosmology (2001).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Roos M. Introduction to cosmology (3ed.,2003).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Ryan M. Hamiltonian cosmology (1972).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Ryden B. Introduction to cosmology (2002).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Schaeffer. Cosmology and large scale structure (1996).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Stephani. Exact solutions of Einstein's field equations (2ed.,2003).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Straumann. From Primordial Quantum Fluctuations to the Anisotropies of CMBR (2005).pdf
PGrc_Cosmology/Tolman R.C. Relativity, thermodynamics, and cosmology (Oxford,1934).djvu
PGrc_Cosmology/Wipf A. Das Standardmodell der Kosmologie (1997)(de).gz
Poisson E. A relativist's toolkit (2004).djvu
Poisson E. An advanced course in general relativity (2002).pdf
Regge. Introduction to relativity (CERN lectures).djvu
Ryabushko. Problema ustojchivosti dvizheniya tel v obshchej teorii otnositel'nosti (ru).djvu
Sachs, Wu. General relativity for mathematicians (1977).djvu
Sachs. General relavitity and cosmology (Proc. E.Fermi school,1971).djvu
Schmidt B.G. General relativity (J. Ehlers honorary volume)(2000).pdf
Schumacher. Physics in spacetime.. special relativity (lecture notes,2000).djvu
Schutz B.F. A first course in general relativity (1985).djvu
Stephani H. Exact solutions of Einstein's field equations (2ed.,2003).pdf
Stephani H. Relativity (3ed.,2004).djvu
Sternberg S. Semi-Riemann geometry and general relativity (lectures,2003).pdf
Stewart J. Advanced general relativity (1991).djvu
Straumann N. General relativity and relativistic astrophysics (1984).djvu
t'Hooft G. Introduction to General Relativity (lectures,1998).pdf
Tolman R.C. Theory of relativity of motion (Berkeley, 1917).djvu
Topical meeting on gravitation and field theory (1971).djvu
Torretti R. Relativity and Geometry (1983).djvu
Townsend P.K. Black Holes.pdf
Ungar. Beyond the Einstein addition law and its gyroscopic Thomas precession (2001).pdf
Visser M. Lorentzian wormholes (1996).djvu
Wald R.M. Black holes and relativistic stars (Chandrasekhar memorial,Chicago,1998).djvu
Wald R.M. General relativity (Chicago,1984).djvu
Waner S. Introduction to differential geometry and general relativity (lectures,2002).pdf
Waner S. Introduction to Differential Geometry and General Relativity.djvu
Weinberg S. Gravitation and cosmology.. principles and applications of GR (1972).djvu
Weyl H. Raum, Zeit, Materie (6e Aufl., 1923-1970)(de).djvu
Weyl H. Space - Time - Matter (1922).djvu
Williams. Curved space (CERN lectures).djvu
Witten L. Gravitation.. an introduction to current research (1962).djvu
Zakharov V.D. Gravitational waves in Einstein's theory (1973).djvu
Zel'dovich, Novikov. Teorija tyagotenija i e'voljucija zvezd (Nauka, 1971)(ru).djvu
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wow, Weinberg has a pretty impressive collection of books he's authored. Thanks for the tip on the new cosmology book George!

What is cosmology?

Cosmology is the branch of science that studies the origin, evolution, and structure of the universe. It combines principles from physics, astronomy, and mathematics to understand the fundamental nature of the universe.

What are some good books for self-learning cosmology up to graduate level?

Some recommended books for self-learning cosmology up to graduate level include "An Introduction to Modern Cosmology" by Andrew Liddle, "Cosmology: The Science of the Universe" by Edward Harrison, and "Principles of Physical Cosmology" by P.J.E. Peebles.

Do I need a background in physics and mathematics to learn cosmology?

While a background in physics and mathematics can be helpful, it is not a requirement for learning cosmology. Many introductory texts assume a basic understanding of these subjects, but there are also books available that provide a more accessible approach to learning cosmology.

What are some key concepts to understand in cosmology?

Some key concepts in cosmology include the Big Bang Theory, dark matter, dark energy, inflation, and the structure and formation of galaxies. It is also important to have a basic understanding of the laws of physics and the scientific method.

Is self-learning cosmology up to graduate level possible?

Yes, self-learning cosmology up to graduate level is possible with dedication and a thorough understanding of the fundamentals. It is recommended to start with introductory texts and then move on to more advanced books as your understanding grows. It is also helpful to supplement your learning with online resources and lectures.

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