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Classical and Quantum Cosmology


  • Stands out for its clear explanations, derivations, exercises and worked examples

  • Logically structured and well endowed with clear diagrams and further reading

  • Near to unique in treating quantum and classical cosmology on an equal footing

  • Pays attention to observational testability of the theories


Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Gianluca Calcagni
    Pages 1-12
  3. Gianluca Calcagni
    Pages 13-62
  4. Gianluca Calcagni
    Pages 63-90
  5. Gianluca Calcagni
    Pages 91-151
  6. Gianluca Calcagni
    Pages 153-259
  7. Gianluca Calcagni
    Pages 261-300
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  9. Gianluca Calcagni
    Pages 389-406
  10. Gianluca Calcagni
    Pages 407-465
  11. Gianluca Calcagni
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  12. Gianluca Calcagni
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  13. Gianluca Calcagni
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  14. Gianluca Calcagni
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  15. Gianluca Calcagni
    Pages 823-828
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 829-843

About this book


This comprehensive textbook is devoted to classical and quantum cosmology, with particular emphasis on modern approaches to quantum gravity and string theory and on their observational imprint. It covers major challenges in theoretical physics such as the big bang and the cosmological constant problem. An extensive review of standard cosmology, the cosmic microwave background, inflation and dark energy sets the scene for the phenomenological application of all the main quantum-gravity and string-theory models of cosmology.

      Born of the author's teaching experience and commitment to bridging the gap between cosmologists and theoreticians working beyond the established laws of particle physics and general relativity, this is a unique text where quantum-gravity approaches and string theory are treated on an equal footing. As well as introducing cosmology to undergraduate and graduate students with its pedagogical presentation and the help of 45 solved exercises, this book, which includes an ambitious bibliography of about 3500 items, will serve as a valuable reference for lecturers and researchers.


Cosmic Microwave Background Cosmological Inflation Loop Quantum Cosmology Planck-Scale Physics Quantum Cosmology Quantum Cosmology Textbook Quantum Gravity And Cosmology String Cosmology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Estructura de la MateriaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)MadridSpain

About the authors

Born of Italian parents, Gianluca Calcagni obtained his "laurea" degree in physics at Padua University and his Ph.D. at Parma University in 2005. He has worked at a number of research institutes in Japan, UK, USA and Germany. Since 2012, Calcagni has been a Ramón y Cajal fellow at the IEM-CSIC in Madrid. His research areas are multifractal spacetimes (about which he is currently writing a book), cosmologies beyond the standard model, quantum gravity and string theory. He has published about 80 papers since 2003. 

Bibliographic information


“This book is a comprehensive introduction to contemporary cosmology. The style is to present worked examples rather than detailed proofs. … A reader with some previous exposure to the subject will find it a smooth and comprehensive account of the subject.” (Mark D. Roberts, Mathematical Reviews, March, 2018)