The Universe Before the Big Bang: Cosmology and String Theory / Edition 1 by Maurizio Gasperini | 9783540744191 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Universe Before the Big Bang: Cosmology and String Theory / Edition 1

The Universe Before the Big Bang: Cosmology and String Theory / Edition 1

by Maurizio Gasperini
     
 

ISBN-10: 3540744193

ISBN-13: 9783540744191

Pub. Date: 09/26/2008

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Terms such as "expanding Universe", "big bang", and "initial singularity", are nowadays part of our common language. The idea that the Universe we observe today originated from an enormous explosion (big bang) is now well known and widely accepted, at all levels, in modern popular culture. But what happens to the Universe before the big bang? And would it make any

Overview

Terms such as "expanding Universe", "big bang", and "initial singularity", are nowadays part of our common language. The idea that the Universe we observe today originated from an enormous explosion (big bang) is now well known and widely accepted, at all levels, in modern popular culture. But what happens to the Universe before the big bang? And would it make any sense at all to ask such a question? In fact, recent progress in theoretical physics, and in particular in String Theory, suggests answers to the above questions, providing us with mathematical tools able in principle to reconstruct the history of the Universe even for times before the big bang.

In the emerging cosmological scenario the Universe, at the epoch of the big bang, instead of being a "new born baby" was actually a rather "aged" creature in the middle of its possibly infinitely enduring evolution. The aim of this book is to convey this picture in non-technical language accessibile also to non-specialists. The author, himself a leading cosmologist, draws attention to ongoing and future observations that might reveal relics of an era before the big bang.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540744191
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
09/26/2008
Series:
Astronomers' Universe Series
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 General Relativity and Standard Cosmology 19

3 String Theory, Duality, and the Primordial Universe 35

4 The Theory of Strings 53

5 Inflation and the Birth of the Universe 73

6 The Cosmological Background of Gravitational Radiation 93

7 Other Relics of the Primordial Universe 125

8 Quantum Cosmology 143

9 The Future of our Universe 153

10 Recent Developments: Brane Cosmology Scenarios 171

11 Conclusion 193

References 199

Index 203

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >