Cosmology: the Origin and Development of the Universe

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This book on cosmology, from the Royal Astronomical Society, provides a good primer for those teaching A-level physics courses or GCSE Astronomy.

The resource begins by introducing the history of measurements in cosmology, from Aristotle to Galileo and Newton. It gives brief explanations of:
* the inverse square law for light
* parallax
* Doppler and red shift
* Hubble’s law.

The discussion of the geometry of the universe and the positive cosmological constant go a little beyond A-level but provide an insight into the consequences of the latest observations from the Hubble Space Telescope. The significance of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is discussed and the book concludes with some of the unknowns about the very early universe just after the Big Bang.

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