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Fundamental Questions of Practical Cosmology

Exploring the Realm of Galaxies

Book

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 383)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 1-17
  3. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 19-45
  4. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 47-68
  5. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 69-89
  6. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 91-110
  7. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 111-130
  8. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 131-155
  9. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 157-180
  10. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 181-212
  11. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 213-245
  12. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 247-270
  13. Yurij Baryshev, Pekka Teerikorpi
    Pages 271-291
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 293-332

About this book

Introduction

This book guides readers (astronomers, physicists, and university students) through central questions of Practical Cosmology, a term used by the late Allan Sandage to denote the modern scientific endeavor to find the cosmological model best describing the universe of galaxies, its geometry, size, age, and matter composition. The authors draw on their personal experience in astrophysics and cosmology to explain key concepts of cosmology, both observational and theoretical, and to highlight several items which give cosmology its special character. These highlighted items are:

- Idiosyncratic features of the “cosmic laboratory”
- Malmquist bias in the determination of cosmic distances
- Theory of gravitation as a cornerstone of cosmological models
- Crucial tests for checking the reality of space expansion
- Methods of analyzing the structures of the universe as mapped by galaxies
-  Usefulness of fractals as a model to describe the large-scale structure
- New cosmological physics inherent in the Friedmann world model

Keywords

Astrophysical Cosmology Astrophysical tests of Gravity theories Cosmography Cosmolgical redshift Cosmological distances Friedmann Cosmology Galaxies - large scale structure Galaxy counts Gravity theory Hubble constant Malmquist bias Modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND) Practical Cosmology Questions in Cosmology Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect Tests of world models

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Astronomical InstituteSt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussian Federation
  2. 2.Tuorla ObservatoryUniversity of TurkuPiikkiöFinland

About the authors

Dr. Yurij Baryshev (b. 1948) works as Senior Research Associate at the Astronomical Institute of St.Petersburg University, Russia. He has done research in various fields of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, where his main research interest is relativistic astrophysics including cosmology and gravity physics. He has investigated Einstein’s and Feynman’s approaches to gravitation, active galactic nuclei, quasars, gravitational radiation, gravitational lensing by dark matter, and crucial cosmological tests. He has also studied the implications for cosmology of the recent discovery of the dark energy component and the fractal structure of the luminous matter distribution. He has been working as invited professor at the Rome University “La Sapienza” (Italy) and at the Lyon University (France). He has co-authored with P. Teerikorpi the book on the history of the Cosmological Principle Discovery of Cosmic Fractals (World Scientific 2002). 

Dr. Pekka Teerikorpi (b.1948) works as Senior Research Associate at Tuorla Observatory of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Turku University. He has done research in various fields of Galactic and extragalactic astronomy and practical cosmology, with special interest in the selection effects and biases influencing the determination of the cosmic distance scale and the value of the Hubble constant. He has also made excursions to the Milky Way (the rotation curve, interstellar dust), the realm of active galactic nuclei and the problem of the local detection of dark energy. He has co-authored with Yu. Baryshev the book on the history of the Cosmological Principle Discovery of Cosmic Fractals (World Scientific 2002) and has recently written, together with a few other astronomers and exobiologists the book The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life – The Search for our Cosmic Roots (Springer 2009), telling about the history and spirit of our science.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Fundamental Questions of Practical Cosmology
  • Book Subtitle Exploring the Realm of Galaxies
  • Authors Yurij Baryshev
    Pekka Teerikorpi
  • Series Title Astrophysics and Space Science Library
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-2379-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-2378-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3718-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-2379-5
  • Series ISSN 0067-0057
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 332
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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