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Origin and Evolution of the Universe



This course is an introduction to modern cosmology. It will cover the theory of relativistic cosmology (Friedman eqns, hot big bang, nucleosynthesis, cosmic background radiation, dark matter and dark energy). Only the basics of structure formation will be covered, these will be treated in detail in the course on Large Scale Structure & Galaxy Formation. Throughout, both the theory and observational tests will be covered.

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  • “An Introduction to Modern Cosmology” by Andrew Liddle (2nd edition). This book provides a basic introduction to cosmology, but lacks some of the depth. Therefore we will also use “Cosmological Physics” by John Peacock, but this book is not required. An alternative is “Cosmology: The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Structure” by Peter Coles and Francesco Lucchin (2nd edition) which is between both books in terms of level.


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BSc courses Galaxies and Cosmology (Sterrenstelsels en Kosmologie) and Radiative Processes (Stralingsprocessen). General Relativity is not a prerequisite for this course.


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Lecturer: Dr. H. (Henk) Hoekstra
Assistent: Allison Hill

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