Delineating the huge strides taken in cosmology in the past ten years, this much-anticipated second edition of Malcolm Longairs highly appreciated textbook has been extensively and thoroughly updated. It tells the story of modern astrophysical cosmology from the perspective of one of its most important and fundamental problems - how did the galaxies come about? Longair uses this approach to introduce the whole of what may be called classical cosmology. Whats more, he describes how the study of the origin of galaxies and larger-scale structures in the Universe has provided us with direct information about the physics of the very early Universe.
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