© 1989

Gravitation, Gauge Theories and the Early Universe

  • Editors
  • B. R. Iyer
  • N. Mukunda
  • C. V. Vishveshwara

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gravitation and Cosmology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. P. C. Vaidya
      Pages 3-29
    3. C. V. Vishveshwara
      Pages 31-42
    4. C. V. Vishveshwara
      Pages 51-58
    5. J. V. Narlikar
      Pages 59-88
    6. A. K. Raychaudhuri
      Pages 89-106
    7. P. S. Joshi
      Pages 107-117
    8. A. R. Prasanna
      Pages 119-132
  3. Introduction to Particle Physics and Gauge Field Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-134
    2. K. C. Wali
      Pages 237-280
    3. B. R. Sitaram
      Pages 281-286
  4. Quantum Effects in the Early Universe and Approaches to the Unification of Fundamental Forces

About this book


This book evolved out of some one hundred lectures given by twenty experts at a special instructional conference sponsored by the University Grants Commis­ sion, India. It is pedagogical in style and self-contained in several interrelated areas of physics which have become extremely important in present-day theoretical research. The articles begin with an introduction to general relativity and cosmology as well as particle physics and quantum field theory. This is followed by reviews of the standard gauge models of high-energy physics, renormalization group and grand unified theories. The concluding parts of the book comprise discussions in current research topics such as problems of the early universe, quantum cosmology and the new directions towards a unification of gravitation with other forces. In addition, special concise treatments of mathematical topics of direct relevance are also included. The content of the book was carefully worked out for the mutual education of students and research workers in general relativity and particle physics. This ambitious programe consequently necessitated the involvement of a number of different authors. However, care has been taken to ensure that the material meshes into a unified, cogent and readable book. We hope that the book will serve to initiate and guide a student in these different areas of investigation starting from first principles and leading to the exciting current research problems of an interdisciplinary nature in the context of the origin and structure of the universe.


Big Bang Confinement Cosmology EFE Gauge theory Gravity Lepton Neutrino Particle Physics Potential RMS Relativity Renormalization group Universe general relativity

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