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The universe before the big bang : cosmology and string theory

Author: Maurizio Gasperini
Publisher: Berlin : Springer, ©2008.
Series: Astronomers' universe.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the emerging cosmological scenario Universe, at the epoch of the big bang, instead of being a "new born baby" was actually a rather "aged" creature in the middle of its possibly infinitely enduring evolution. The aim of this book is to convey this picture in non-technical language accessible also to non-specialists. The author, himself a leading cosmologist, draws attention to ongoing and future observations  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maurizio Gasperini
ISBN: 9783540744191 3540744193 3642093841 9783642093845
OCLC Number: 177027484
Notes: Translated from the Italian.
Description: xi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: General relativity and standard cosmology --
String theory, duality, and the primordial universe --
The theory for strings --
Inflation and the birth of universe --
The cosmological background of gravitational radiation --
Other relics of the primordial universe --
Quantum cosmology --
The future of our universe --
Recent developments : Brane cosmology scenarios.
Series Title: Astronomers' universe.
Other Titles: Universo prima del big bang.
Responsibility: Maurizio Gasperini.

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The author of this book draws attention to ongoing and future observations that might reveal relics of an era before the big bang. In doing so, he provides an accessible introduction to the  Read more...

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