9780521030175

Inhomogeneous Cosmological Models

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521030175

  • ISBN10:

    052103017X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-11-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This volume provides a comprehensive survey of our understanding of the universe based on the exact solutions of the theory of relativity. More precisely, it describes those models that fit with astronomical observations of galaxy clusters, cosmic voids and other key features of our universe. This authoritative account achieves two important goals. First, it collects together all independently derived cosmological solutions since the birth of relativity in 1915 to 1997, and clearly shows how they are interrelated. Secondly, it presents a coherent overview of the physical properties of these inhomogeneous models. It demonstrates, for instance, that the formation of voids and the interaction of the cosmic microwave background radiation with matter in the universe can be explained by exact solutions of the Einstein equations, without the need for approximations. This book will be of particular interest to graduates and researchers in gravity, relativity and theoretical cosmology as well as historians of science.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Preliminaries
The Szekeres-Szafron family of solutions
Physics and cosmology in an inhomogeneous universe
The Stephani-Barnes family of solutions
Solutions with null radiation
Solutions with a 'stiff fluid'/scalar field source
Other solutions
Averaging out inhomogeneities of geometry and matter in cosmological models
Comments
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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