Lecture 8: Background and history in the 20th Century
Lecture 9: The Cosmic Microwave Background and what it says about the shape and destiny of the Universe.
Lecture 10: The case for dark matter, Supernova Cosmology and the case for dark energy and the Formation of Large Scale Structure
Pay particular attention to the introduction by P. James Peebles.
Cosmological Nature of the Universe Debate, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 111, No. 757, March 1999.
This debate commemorates the 1920 debate between Curtis and Shapely on the nature of the galaxy. It presents the state of cosmology in 1998 from several points of view including Peeble's conservative view that we may have some way to go before we can consider cosmology "solved".
Encyclopedia of Cosmology, Norriss, S. Hetherington, Garland, 1993
This has both modern and historic multicultural cosmologies.
Physical Principles of Cosmology, P. J. E. Peebles, Princeton, 1993
This is a very technical, graduate level text.
The Inflationary Universe, Alan H. Guth, Addison Wesley, 1997
This is a very good introduction to the inflationary theory by it's author. It is also a very readable account of how modern cosmological theorists work and gives some insight into the sociology of big time theoretical physics.
Blind Watchers of the Sky, Rocky Kolb, Addison Wesley, 1996
This is a very readable history of cosmology written by the astrophysicist director of Fermi Lab. I used it as a text in previous lecture series. It has a particularly good section on the development of 20th century cosmology.
I have drawn heavily on Wu's material for Lecture 9.
Wilhelm deSitter biographical link
Please contact me with any questions.