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)
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
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
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