astro-ph/0102327


THE COSMOLOGICAL TESTS

P. J. E. Peebles


Joseph Henry Laboratories, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544


Abstract. Recent observational advances have considerably improved the cosmological tests, adding to the lines of evidence, and showing that some issues under discussion just a few years ago may now be considered resolved or irrelevant. Other issues remain, however, and await resolution before the great program of testing the relativistic Friedmann-Lemaître model, that commenced in the 1930s, may at last be considered complete.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

THE CLASSICAL TESTS
The Physics of the Friedmann-Lemaître Model
Applications of the Tests

THE PARADIGM SHIFT TO LOW MASS DENSITY

ISSUES OF STRUCTURE FORMATION
Voids
The Epoch of Galaxy Formation

CONCLUDING REMARKS

REFERENCES

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