By T. Padmanabhan

ISBN-10: 0521620392

ISBN-13: 9780521620390

The evolution of our Universe and the formation of stars and galaxies are mysteries that experience lengthy questioned scientists. fresh years have introduced new medical figuring out of those profound and basic concerns. In energetic prose, Professor Padmanabhan paints an image of up to date cosmology for the final reader. in contrast to different well known books on cosmology, After the 1st 3 mins doesn't gloss over information, or draw back from explaining the underlying techniques. as a substitute, with a lucid and casual sort, the writer introduces all of the suitable heritage after which conscientiously items jointly an attractive tale of the evolution of our Universe. Padmanabhan leaves the reader with a state of the art photograph of scientists' present realizing in cosmology and a prepared flavor of the buzz of this fast-moving technology. all through, no arithmetic is used and all technical jargon is obviously brought and bolstered in a convenient word list on the finish of the publication. For basic readers who are looking to come to grips with what we actually do and do not find out about our Universe, this ebook offers an exhilarating and uncompromising learn. Thanu Padmanabhan is a Professor at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India. he's the recipient of diverse awards and writer of 3 books, constitution Formation within the Universe (Cambridge, 1994), Cosmology and Astrophysics via difficulties (Cambridge, 1996), and, including J.V. Narlikar, Gravity, Gauge Theories and Quantum Cosmology. he's additionally the writer of a couple of hundred well known technology articles, a comic book strip serial and a number of other usual columns on astronomy, leisure arithmetic, and the background of technological know-how.

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3. 5 Where did the Big Bang happen? '. After all, in a conventional explosion that is a perfectly reasonable question to ask, as all the material flies outwards from the ignition point. Unfortunately, for the Big Bang things aren't so simple, and in a sense 30 THE GEOMETRY OF THE UNIVERSE the answer is 'everywhere and nowhere'. First of all, remember that our entire foundation is the cosmological principle, telling us that no point in the Universe is special. If there were a particular point where the 'Bang' happened, that would clearly be a special point and violate the cosmological principle.

The simplest kind of non-Euclidean geometry is actually very familiar to us; it is the spherical geometry which we use, for instance, to navigate around the Earth. 1. g. if someone hands you a snooker ball and asks which way up it is, you're not going to be able to tell them). rr2. Yet there is no boundary, no 'edge' to the surface of the Earth. So it is perfectly possible to have a finite surface which nevertheless has no boundary. If we draw parallel lines on the surface of the Earth, then they violate Euclid's final axiom.

To derive the Friedmann equation, we need to compute the gravitational potential energy and the kinetic energy of a test particle (it doesn't matter which one, since everywhere in the Universe is the same according to the cosmological principle), and then use energy conservation. Let's consider an observer in a uniform expanding medium, with mass density p, the mass density being the mass per unit volume. We begin by realizing that because the Universe looks the same from anywhere, we can consider any point to be its centre.

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