Video URL http://pirsa.org/20100008
Mapping of galaxy density fluctuations on large scales is one of the most important goals of observational cosmology in this decade. These observations can significantly improve our knowledge of the universe, its origins and composition. In this talk I will review some of the science goals of the ongoing and future spectroscopic galaxy surveys and explain how these goals can be met. In particular, I will focus on some recent progress in theoretical modelling of the nonlinear structure formation and show how it can be used to extract cosmology from observations of the cosmic web. As an example I will present several analyses from the publicly available Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) data and results for the standard LCDM model as well as several relevant extensions.