Cosmology as a problem in critical phenomena

  • Lee SmolinEmail author
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 461-461)


Several problems in cosmology and astrophysics are described in which critical phenomena of various types may play a role. These include the organization of the disks of spiral galaxies, various aspects of the problem of structure formation in cosmology, the problem of the selection of initial conditions and parameters in particle physics and cosmology and the problem of recovering the classical limit from non-perturbative formulations of quantum gravity.

A measure of complexity which is suggested by these applications, but which may also have application to other problems, is described.


Black Hole Dark Matter Neutron Star Quantum Gravity Star Formation 
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  1. 1.Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry, Department of PhysicsPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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