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Cosmology for the Curious

  • Delia Perlov
  • Alex Vilenkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Big Bang and the Observable Universe

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  3. Beyond the Big Bang

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      Pages 225-225
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 353-372

About this book

Introduction

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 the subject of the theory of cosmic inflation, which was developed in the last few decades and has led to a radically new global view of the universe.

Students and other interested readers will find here a non-technical but conceptually rigorous account of modern cosmological ideas - describing what we know, and how we know it. One of the book's central themes is the scientific quest to find answers to the ultimate cosmic questions: Is the universe finite or infinite? Has it existed forever? If not, when and how did it come into being? Will it ever end? 

The book is based on the undergraduate course taught by Alex Vilenkin at Tufts University. It assumes no prior knowledge of physics or mathematics beyond elementary high school math. The necessary physics background is introduced as it is required. Each chapter includes a list of questions and exercises of varying degree of difficulty.  

Keywords

Anthropic Principle Creation Ex Nihilo Creation of Universe from Nothing Doppelgänger Easy Introduction to Cosmology Essential Principles of Cosmology Inflationary Cosmology Principle of Mediocrity The Early Universe The Hot Big Bang The Multiverse

Authors and affiliations

  • Delia Perlov
    • 1
  • Alex Vilenkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Tufts University MedfordUSA
  2. 2.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57040-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57038-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57040-2
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