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1st Edition

Cosmology and the Early Universe

ISBN 9781498761703
Published May 8, 2018 by CRC Press
243 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book discusses cosmology from both an observational and a strong theoretical perspective. The first part focuses on gravitation, notably the expansion of the universe and determination of cosmological parameters, before moving onto the main emphasis of the book, the physics of the early universe, and the connections between cosmological models and particle physics. The book provides links with particle physics and with investigations of the theories beyond the Standard Model, especially in connection to dark matter and matter-antimatter asymmetry puzzles.

Readers will gain a comprehensive account of cosmology and the latest observational results, without requiring prior knowledge of relativistic theories, making the text ideal for students.


  • Provides a self-contained discussion of modern cosmology results without requiring any prior knowledge of relativistic theories, enabling students to learn the first rudiments needed for a rigorous comprehension of cosmological concepts
  • Contains a timely discussion of the latest cosmological results, including those from WMAP and the Planck satellite, and discuss the cosmological applications of the Nobel Prize 2017 awarded discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO interferometer and the very high energy neutrinos discovered by the IceCube detector
  • Includes original figures complementing mathematical derivations and accounting for the most important cosmological observations, in addition to a wide variety of problems with a full set of solutions discussed in detail in an accompanying solutions manual (available upon qualifying course adoption)

To view the errata please visit the authors personal webpage.

Table of Contents

Section I: Cosmology

Chapter 1: Historical Breakthroughs

Chapter 2: Fundamental Observations

Chapter 3: A Newtonian Cosmology?

Chapter 4: From Classical Mechanics to Relativistic Theories

Chapter 5: Geometry of the Universe

Chapter 6: Dynamics of the Universe

Chapter 7: Building a Cosmological Model

Chapter 8: The Cosmological Constant

Chapter 9: Age of the Universe

Chapter 10: Expansion History of the Universe

Chapter 11: Matter

Section II: The Early Universe

Chapter 12: The Cosmic Microwave Background

Chapter 13: Radiation-dominated Regime

Chapter 14: Big Bang Nucleosynthesis

Chapter 15: Inflation

Chapter 16: ACDM Model and Cosmological Puzzles

Chapter 17: Dark Matter

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Pasquale Di Bari is a Professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK.


"This book is one of a kind in that it not only covers the subject matter of traditional cosmology but also provides an overview of the latest results in particle cosmology at a level accessible to undergraduate students."
Danny Marfatia, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA

"This book by Di Bari is amazingly clear, self-contained, and contemporary. Its subdivision into short chapters corresponds well with the sequence of daily lectures. The inclusion of smart exercises and the basics of General Relativity makes this book suitable for undergraduate students. Dr. Di Bari has merged a high pedagogical quality and the latest research into the current state-of-the-art. Cosmology and the Early Universe is an invaluable tool for teachers and students."
Fiorenza Donato, Professor, Theoretical Astroparticle Physicist, Torino Universuty, Italy

"A clear and up-to-date exposition of modern cosmology and the early Universe. This book will be immensely useful to particle physicists, astrophysicists and anyone interested in the history of the Universe."
Robert Foot, Research Scientist, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Australia

"This book will be of great value not only to undergraduate students but also to anyone interested in learning or reviewing modern cosmology. The first half of the book provides an accessible and self-contained exposition of the so-called Lambda-CDM model of the expanding universe as well as the latest cosmological observations. The second half is an up-to-date introduction to particle cosmology, including the cosmological puzzles which cannot be explained by the standard model of particle physics. Highly recommended."
Koichi Hamaguchi, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Tokyo

"’Cosmology and the Early Universe’ is an excellent introduction to classical cosmology. It presents a condensed overview of all the necessary theoretical issues and, in particular, to Special and General Relativity. This is a good fit for beginners to the subject, even beginners in university physics. The book is clear and simply written. It covers all essential facts not only on the theory but also on astronomical observations. Cosmology is becoming (or has already become) the leading field in fundamental physics with an avalanche of unexpected discoveries certainly indicating new physics beyond our known frameworks. So I would recommend this book to any university student, not necessarily just those educated in the department of physics. It will also be very helpful for students who plan to continue working professionally in this exciting area."
Alexander Dolgov, Department of Physics, Novosibirsk State University, Russia

"This book presents the basics of modern particle cosmology with a very clear and intuitive language and from a broad perspective, which makes it nicely suitable for undergraduate students. It covers all current major topics in the subject and discusses the latest observational results. The additional set of problems after each chapter is the perfect complement for students and teachers."
Sergio Palomares-Ruiz, Researcher, Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC), CSIC-Universitat de València, Spain

"'Cosmology and the Early Universe', by P. Di Bari, provides a road map for the reader on how to start from foundational principles, guided by important observational input, to arrive at our current picture of the Universe. The book offers a clear presentation, emphasizing physical insight over technical details which can be found in references cited throughout the text. The material, supplemented with exercises, furnishes a quantitative understanding of key features of contemporary cosmology and its open questions. The level of the book is suitable for an advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate course, yet it could also be a valuable resource for researchers whose work is informed by cosmological data."
Hooman Davoudiasl, Physicist, APS Fellow