The links below will take you to the amazon.com pages for each of the
Popular Cosmology Books
"The Big Bang" by Simon Singh. History of cosmology from the ancient
Greeks through the cosmic microwave background.
"The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene. A non-technical look
at all the hard problems in physics and cosmology, by a very good writer.
Greene also wrote
"The Elegant Universe" which is all about string theory,
"Echo of the Big Bang", by Michael Lemonick. A non-technical history of
the WMAP mission.
"The Extravagant Universe" by Bob Kirshner. A "useful and polite"
and always entertaining look at the
supernova evidence for the
cosmological constant and the
accelerating expansion of the Universe.
"The Origin and Evolution of the Universe" edited by Zuckerman and
Malkan. A UCLA Center for the Study of the Evolution and Origin of Life
(CSEOL) Symposium. 1996, Jones and Bartlett Publishers. I wrote the
leadoff article in this collection.
"The Very First Light", by John Mather and John Boslough, 1996.
BasicBooks. The true history of the COBE project written by the Project
"Afterglow of Creation" by Marcus Chown. Good science journalism.
"The Five Ages of the Universe : Inside the Physics of Eternity"
by Fred Adams & Greg Laughlin. -- The very distant future of our
"Our Evolving Universe" by Malcolm Longair. -- A book with
beautiful pictures and a good non-technical introduction to cosmology.
"Einstein's Greatest Blunder? : The Cosmological Constant and Other
Fudge Factors in the Physics of the Universe" by Donald Goldsmith.
I haven't read
"The Runaway Universe : The Race to Discover the Future of the Cosmos"
by the same author, but it covers the accelerating expansion
seen in the recent supernova data.
"Quintessence : The Mystery of the Missing Mass in the Universe" by
Lawrence Krauss. An update of "The Fifth Essence". Dark Matter.
"The Origin of the Universe" by John D. Barrow. Covers a wide range of
topics: inflation, including the chaotic and perpetual versions,
wormholes and space-time foam, the anthropic principle, with nice
"The Origins of our Universe" by Malcolm Longair. A small book based
on the Christmas lectures at the Royal Society. Out of print.
"Before the Beginning : Our Universe and Others" by
Martin Rees. There are no equations, but also no graphs, figures or
illustrations of any kind.
"Ripples in the Cosmos" by Michael Rowan-Robinson. Has the same
erroneous T vs t graph as "Shadows of
Creation". Out of print.
"The Shadows of Creation", by Michael Riordan and David Schramm.
Dark matter. Has the same
erroneous T vs t graph as "Ripples in the
Cosmos". Out of print.
"Coming of Age in the Milky Way" by Timothy Ferris. A more
extensive coverage of the material in the "Creation of the Universe"
show on PBS.
"The Alchemy of the Heavens: Searching for Meaning in the Milky
Way", by Ken Croswell. A good book about our
"The First Three Minutes" by Steven Weinberg. Old but good treatment
of light element synthesis. Out of print.
"The Big Bang" by Joseph Silk. Many typos, unfortunately.
"A Short History of the Universe" by Joseph Silk.
Many typos, unfortunately.
College Introductory Astronomy Textbooks
College Astrophysics Textbooks
College Cosmology Textbooks
Graduate Cosmology Textbooks
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