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Cosmology for the curious

Author: Delia Perlov; A Vilenkin
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is an introductory text for all those wishing to learn about modern views of the cosmos. Our universe originated in a great explosion - the big bang. For nearly a century cosmologists have studied the aftermath of this explosion: how the universe expanded and cooled down, and how galaxies were gradually assembled by gravity. The nature of the bang itself has come into focus only relatively recently. It is  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Delia Perlov; A Vilenkin
ISBN: 9783319570402 3319570404 3319570382 9783319570389
OCLC Number: 1000519952
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 372 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Part I The Big Bang and the Observable Universe: A historical overview --
Newton's universe --
Special relativity --
The fabric of space and time --
An expanding universe --
Observational cosmology --
Hubble's law and the expanding universe --
The fate of the universe --
Dark matter and dark energy --
The quantum world --
The hot big bang --
Structure formation --
Element abundances --
The very early universe --
Part II Beyond the Big Bang: Problems with the big bang --
The theory of cosmic inflation --
Testing inflation: predictions and observations --
Eternal inflation --
String theory and the multiverse --
Anthropic selection --
The principle of mediocrity --
Did the universe have a beginning? --
Creation of universes from nothing --
The big picture --
Appendix.
Responsibility: Delia Perlov, Alex Vilenkin.

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