After the First Three Minutes: The Story of Our Universe

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 5, 1998 - Nature - 215 pages
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The evolution of our Universe and the formation of stars and galaxies are mysteries that have long puzzled scientists. Recent years have brought new scientific understanding of these profound and fundamental issues. In lively prose, Professor Padmanabhan paints a picture of contemporary cosmology for the general reader. Unlike other popular books on cosmology, After the First Three Minutes does not gloss over details, or shy away from explaining the underlying concepts. Instead, with a lucid and informal style, the author introduces all the relevant background and then carefully pieces together an engaging story of the evolution of our Universe. Padmanabhan leaves the reader with a state-of-the-art picture of scientists' current understanding in cosmology and a keen taste of the excitement of this fast-moving science. Throughout, no mathematics is used and all technical jargon is clearly introduced and reinforced in a handy glossary at the end of the book. For general readers who want to come to grips with what we really do and don't know about our Universe, this book provides an exciting and uncompromising read. Thanu Padmanabhan is a Professor at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India. He is the recipient of numerous awards and author of three books, Structure Formation in the Universe (Cambridge, 1994), Cosmology and Astrophysics Through Problems (Cambridge, 1996), and, together with J.V. Narlikar, Gravity, Gauge Theories and Quantum Cosmology. He is also the author of more than one hundred popular science articles, a comic strip serial and several regular columns on astronomy, recreational mathematics, and the history of science.
 

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User Review  - ashishg - LibraryThing

Quite scientific yet very lucid explanation of the origination of the Universe and the formation of stars and galaxies. Insights into scientific theory and discoveries that led to the current understanding. Read full review

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This book explains the nature of matter and basic forces, and how they interact to form our known Universe (galaxies, stars, black holes, ...) from big bang till now in such simple words. In addition, it describes how the Universe was in its early life and how it changes during time based on our observations from it. These observations obtained from different types of telescopes which monitor electromagnetic waves in the Universe in different frequency ranges. In general, this book avoids mathematical explanations of events and it makes it possible to be read by each person who has only a general knowledge of physics. 

Contents

1 Introducing the universe
1
2 Matter radiation and forces
8
3 Observing the universe
46
4 Getting to know the universe
65
5 The expanding universe
96
6 Forming the galaxies
126
7 The universe at high redshifi
171
8 Open questions
192
Glossary
204
Further reading
211
Index
213
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