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After the First Three Minutes By T. Padmanabhan (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India)

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How does our Universe evolve? And how did structures like stars and galaxies form? For general readers who want to get to grips with what we really do and don't know about our Universe, this book provides an exciting, state-of-the-art picture of contemporary cosmology.
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After the First Three Minutes: The Story of Our Universe by T. Padmanabhan (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India)

How does our Universe evolve? And how did structures like stars and galaxies form? In recent years, scientists' understanding of these profound questions has developed enormously. This book presents a clear and detailed picture of contemporary cosmology for the general reader. Unlike existing popular books on cosmology, After the First Three Minutes does not gloss over details, nor 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. We are left 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 get to grips with what we really do and don't know about our Universe, this book provides an exciting and uncompromising read.

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'From the tiny to the large, from there to here, from then to now, the cosmic itinerary is successfully completed in a lucid exposition that will undoubtedly be reachable and easy to follow for the general reader who already has a basic understanding of mathematics and physics. Never have I read such a non-mathematical account of cosmology in one go. It reads well, is coherent, and makes a brilliant use of vivid examples from everyday life in order to explain issues that otherwise would have seemed incomprehensible, at least to the general reader. Overall, the book appears to be self-contained, well-balanced and structured, and it remains highly stimulating to the very end. I would strongly recommend it as an essential guide to the formation of structures within the framework of contemporary cosmology, and I hope that the reader will enjoy reading it as much as I did.' Vaggelis Kolokotronis, The Observatory
'A renowned cosmologist who has contributed much to the technical literature of his field, Thanu Padmanabhan offers an enjoyable account of our current understanding of galaxy formation and evolution, as well as a comprehensive tour of the necessary physics in After the First Three Minutes ... it's nice to have a book that gets down to the nitty-gritty ... I enjoyed it.' Paul Parsons, New Scientist
' ... a no nonsense popular science book on structure formation in the Universe ... The book develops a clear, detailed picture of cosmology without glossing over details or shying away from difficult concepts : for the serious reader who really wants to learn about the current thinking on cosmology, this is a learn about the current thinking on cosmology, this is a must.' Laurence Quigley, Astronomy and Space
'Anyone with more than a passing interest in cosmology will enjoy this book.' Pam Spence, Astronomy Now
"The serious reader will finish the book with an excellent understanding of current research in cosmology...Particularly lucid are the discussions of matter and light, the physics of stars and black holes, and the origin of light elements in the big bang." Choice
"A renowned cosmologist who has contributed much to the technical literature of his field, Thanu Padmanabhan offers an enjoyable account of our current understanding of galaxy formation and evolution, as well as a comprehensive tour of the necessary physics in After the First Three Minutes." New Scientist
"^After the First Three Minutes^ by cosmologist Thanu Padmanabhan is a lucid, nonmathematical overview of cosmology, particularly the origin and evolution of structure in the universe...whoever puts in the effort will be well rewarded by the comprehensive picture of the universe, both what we know and where important gaps in our understanding lie...For anyone interested in the difference between hot and cold dark matter and wanting to put the current pronouncements of cosmological revolution into scientific perspective, ^After the First Three Minutes^ is an excellent place to start." Meteoritics & Planetary Science
"Thanu Padmanabhan's book provides a wonderful service to the scientific community...[it] makes accessible a previously inaccessible field to both scientists and non-scientists." Yale Scientific Magazine

Table of Contents


Preface; 1. Introducing the universe; 2. Matter, radiation and forces; 3. Observing the universe; 4. Getting to know the universe; 5. Expanding universe; 6. Forming galaxies; 7. Universe at high redshift; 8. Open questions; Glossary; Further reading; Index.

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After the First Three Minutes: The Story of Our Universe by T. Padmanabhan (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India)
T. Padmanabhan (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1998-02-05
228
0521629721
9780521629720
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