Weinberg strikes again: new cosmology text
I was skimming through this month’s Physics World magazine and was pleasantly surprised to see that Steven Weinberg is back in the book-writing business. He has just put out a new book with Oxford University Press on Cosmology. No, it’s not the same as his well-known `gravitation and cosmology’ text from the ’70s… Oxford press emphasises that this text is `entirely up to date.’ It’s an whole new book focusing exclusively on cosmology.
I’m not much of a cosmologist nor do I happen to have a copy of the book handy, but I will pause to note the rather distinctive cover. Despite the book going to a new publishrs, Weinberg has carried over the ‘strip of color on a black background’ motif of his (in)famous quantum field theory texts. Having already used up the primary colors for his three-volume opus, The Quantum Theory of Fields, he colours this one with a rainbow. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to having secretly spent hours wondering what a fourth volume of Weinberg would look like. I’m willing to bet that there’s a story behind this cover, much like there was a big story behind the ‘Q’ on the cover of Tony Zee’s QFT book.
No word yet if he’s also carried over the distinctive LaTeX fonts that 90% of the human population is incapable of reproducing by hand.
Why hasn’t this made more of a splash in the blogophere? Surely someone must have been asked to review the book… other than New Scientist magazine. Upon closer examination Stanford Professor A. Linde had some nice things to say, including the statement, “It should be on the desk of every actively working cosmologist.”
If that is indeed the case, then Weinberg may soon have a monopoly on the bookshelf space of Phys. Rev. D (particles/gravity/cosmology) subscribers.
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