The Early Universe: Facts and Fiction

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 14, 2013 - Science - 593 pages
Fourteen years is a long time, and especially in the field of cosmology new observational results and new theoretical ideas seem to appear at a steadily increasing rate. It is achallenge to try to review the current status, to give a reasonably fair account of new developments, and not to increase the size of the book out of all proportion. So this fourth edition is practically a new book, with many chapters and sections newly written, not just updated. I have kept the original layout of the book with three parts concerned with (I) the standard model, (II) some basic implications of quantum field theory, and (III) quest ions of structure formation. I have given special emphasis to the new observations of the anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background, and attempted to explain their importance for cosmology as well as for structure formation models. There have also been improved measurements in almost every cosmologically relevant field, from the Rubble constant to element abundances and galaxy distribution statistics. Quite surprisingly, the standard cosmological models can still accommodate all these new obser vations.
 

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Contents

1
3
Facts Observations of Cosmological Significance 29
28
Exercises
136
Particle Physics and Cosmology
143
Exercises
173
Exercises
200
Exercises
302
Relic Particles from the Early Universe
305
The Inflationary Universe
357
Typical Scales From Observation and Theory
399
The Evolution of Small Perturbations 431
430
Nonlinear Structure Formation
493
A The GaugeInvariant Theory of Perturbations 551
550
B Recent Developments
563
Index
584
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Baryon Synthesis
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