CosmoCoffee Forum Index CosmoCoffee

 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch  MemberlistSmartFeed   MemberlistMemberlist    RegisterRegister 
   ProfileProfile   Log inLog in 
Arxiv New Filter | Bookmarks & clubs | Arxiv ref/author:

Undergrad cosmology textbook
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    CosmoCoffee Forum Index -> Teaching, Papers and Presentations
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Sarah Bridle



Joined: 24 Sep 2004
Posts: 149
Affiliation: University College London (UCL)

PostPosted: September 27 2004  Reply with quote

I will lecture 16 lectures on cosmology to 3rd year physics & astronomy undergraduates and was thinking of working mainly from Malcolm Longair's Galaxy Formation book, with a few of the easiest problems from Padmanabhan's Cosmology and Astrophysics through Problems.
Is there another book that you would recommend even more strongly?
Anyone got any lecture notes lying around in electronic form(!)?
Back to top
View user's profile   Visit poster's website
Roberto Trotta



Joined: 27 Sep 2004
Posts: 18
Affiliation: Imperial College London

PostPosted: September 27 2004  Reply with quote

i find Scott Dodelson's book "Modern cosmology", Academic Press (2003) excellent. It also has many ideas for exercises in it.
Back to top
View user's profile   Visit poster's website
Alessandro Melchiorri



Joined: 24 Sep 2004
Posts: 123
Affiliation: University of Rome

PostPosted: September 27 2004  Reply with quote

Introduction to Cosmology by Barbara Ryden is excellent !
The book by Scott Dodelson is also very good but a bit too advanced for undergraduates.
Back to top
View user's profile   Visit poster's website
Jochen Weller



Joined: 24 Sep 2004
Posts: 43
Affiliation: Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

PostPosted: September 27 2004  Reply with quote

Hi Sarah

well I did not find any book to have the complete answer, so I used a combination of the lot.
It also depends if you need some GR intro or not.
What I was teaching last year was for part III math, so probably a bit to advanced for what
you need, but here is a link:
http://home.fnal.gov/~jweller/Teaching/physcos.html

(I had to exclude stuff like inflation and CMB because that was covered by other courses
on offer.)
Back to top
View user's profile [ Hidden ] Visit poster's website
Sarah Bridle



Joined: 24 Sep 2004
Posts: 149
Affiliation: University College London (UCL)

PostPosted: September 28 2004  Reply with quote

Thanks very much!
Back to top
View user's profile   Visit poster's website
Dimitra Atri



Joined: 23 May 2005
Posts: 3
Affiliation: University of Kansas

PostPosted: May 23 2005  Reply with quote

By now, I am sure you would have prepared all your lectures, which means you have your lecture notes ready :)

Please provide me the link where I can download them. I am very new to Cosmology and am looking for materials from various sources.
Back to top
View user's profile [ Hidden ] Visit poster's website
Sarah Bridle



Joined: 24 Sep 2004
Posts: 149
Affiliation: University College London (UCL)

PostPosted: May 24 2005  Reply with quote

Hi Dimitra,
Thanks for your interest.
In the end I followed Liddle's textbook (An Introduction to Modern Cosmology), which is relatively concise and at exactly the right level for the course I was doing. The students liked the book.
For next year I am considering switching to the Open University book edited by Jones and Lambourne. I think lots of the cosmology bits were contributed by Andy Taylor. (A large reason for considering switching is because next year I will have to teach both *galaxies* and cosmology and this textbook does both. I haven't studied the book properly yet but it looks good, also it has more worked examples and is v pretty, if expensive.)
Also lots of cosmology lecturers pointed out the nice book by Barbara Ryden.
My lecture notes can be reached from the 3C36 link on http://www.sarahbridle.net/lectures in case you would find them useful,
Sarah
Back to top
View user's profile   Visit poster's website
Herve Dole



Joined: 20 Jan 2007
Posts: 3
Affiliation: IAS, Orsay

PostPosted: November 11 2007  Reply with quote

Hello,

I also like this new book:
Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology. An introduction.
by Peter Schneider, 2006, Springer.

excellent. With updates including real and recent data.

Cheers

Herve
Back to top
View user's profile   Visit poster's website
Boud Roukema



Joined: 24 Feb 2005
Posts: 82
Affiliation: Torun Centre for Astronomy, University of Nicolaus Copernicus

PostPosted: October 24 2008  Reply with quote

Sarah Bridle wrote:
Hi Dimitra,
Thanks for your interest.
In the end I followed Liddle's textbook (An Introduction to Modern Cosmology), which is relatively concise and at exactly the right level for the course I was doing.
Sarah


The polish version is out of print and out of stock now, unfortunately. Andrew! if you're reading this and want to get a new Polish edition translated and into print, that would be useful for at least a small handful of students each year in Torun, and maybe also a few other Polish cities. cheers, boud.
Back to top
View user's profile   Visit poster's website
Andrew Liddle



Joined: 28 Sep 2004
Posts: 21
Affiliation: University of Edinburgh

PostPosted: November 05 2008  Reply with quote

Boud Roukema wrote:


The polish version is out of print and out of stock now, unfortunately. Andrew! if you're reading this and want to get a new Polish edition translated and into print, that would be useful for at least a small handful of students each year in Torun, and maybe also a few other Polish cities. cheers, boud.


Hi Boud, sorry to hear that the Polish version is out of print. Translations are not under my control – basically it needs a local publisher to propose a translation to my publisher. 2009 will see an updated second edition in English, with various corrections/updates, and also a translation into German (presumably on the off-chance of there somewhere being a native German speaker who doesn't also speak perfect English). OK, shameless publicising over.

Andrew
Back to top
View user's profile   Visit poster's website
Edward Thomson



Joined: 09 Dec 2007
Posts: 1
Affiliation: University of Glasgow

PostPosted: November 19 2008  Reply with quote

I've used the Dodelson book before but found it to be quite advanced, in my opinion it isn't so suitable for a first-time Cosmology course; however, it was useful for providing an alternative voice when I was doing a masters level project with Andy Taylor.

Dimitra Atri wrote:
By now, I am sure you would have prepared all your lectures, which means you have your lecture notes ready :)

Please provide me the link where I can download them. I am very new to Cosmology and am looking for materials from various sources.


Andy Taylor has a copy of his undergraduate notes on the web:
http://www.roe.ac.uk/~ant/Teaching/Astro%20Cosmo/index.html

Plus there is an advanced course that looks at certain parts of cosmology in more detail:
http://www.roe.ac.uk/~jap/teaching/cos5.html

Both sets of notes originally (I believe) come from John Peacock, so they will look unsurprisingly like his book.
Back to top
View user's profile [ Hidden ] Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    CosmoCoffee Forum Index -> Teaching, Papers and Presentations All times are GMT + 5 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group. Sponsored by WordWeb online dictionary and dictionary software.