Cosmology: the Origin and Development of the Universe
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
• 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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Posted by Anonymous on 13th January 2013
This book does exactly what it says on the tin. Whilst not exactly something you can readily use in the classroom it's…
This book does exactly what it says on the tin. Whilst not exactly something you can readily use in the classroom it's a great resource to give to students as it's well written and will back up what they have learnt in lessons.
In my school we will use it with:
GCSE astronomy students
GCSE physics (triple science) students - it's a good accompniament to the P7 topic in OCRs 21st century course
A level physics students.
Thanks to the RAS for making it available