Big Bang Big Bounce: How Particles and Fields Drive Cosmic Evolution by Iosif L. RozentalBig Bang Big Bounce: How Particles and Fields Drive Cosmic Evolution by Iosif L. Rozental

Big Bang Big Bounce: How Particles and Fields Drive Cosmic Evolution

byIosif L. RozentalTranslated byJuri Estrin

Paperback | January 22, 1988

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In a foreword, an author usually elucidates the aim of his book and describes an idealized reader to whom it is addressed. The first task - the formulation of the scope of the book - is the easier one, for the second one involves assessing a reader's personality, and no "specification" should warrant the author's being accused of snobbery, underestimating the reader, or other sins of that kind. It is natural to commence with the first task. The last two decades have been marked by extreme, albeit somewhat unexpected, progress in the unifying approaches to fundamental physical theories. During the same time, a reasonably consistent picture of the early stages in the evolution of the Universe, starting from the time'" 1 s reckoned from the beginning of its inflation, began to take shape. These questions have been separately treated at very different levels; their systematic presentation is the subject of monographs, sometimes very solid ones, containing many formulas not tractable for a layman.
Title:Big Bang Big Bounce: How Particles and Fields Drive Cosmic EvolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:141 pagesPublished:January 22, 1988Publisher:Springer Berlin HeidelbergLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3540179046

ISBN - 13:9783540179047


Table of Contents

1 Elementary Particles.- 1.1 Fundamental Interactions.- 1.2 Quantum Numbers of Elementary Particles.- 1.2.1 Spin.- 1.2.2 Isospin.- 1.2.3 Strangeness.- 1.2.4 Color.- 1.3 Basics of Classification of Elementary Particles.- 1.4 How Elementary Particles Interact.- 1.5 Unified Field Theories.- 1.5.1 The Universal Constant.- 1.5.2 Unified Symmetry.- 1.6 Proton Decay.- 2 The Universe.- 2.1 A Bit of History.- 2.2 Friedmann's Model of the Universe.- 2.3 Evolution of the Universe: A Quantitative Analysis.- 2.4 The Universe: Open or Closed?.- 2.5 A Hot Universe.- 2.6 Baryonic Asymmetry of the Universe.- 2.7 Cosmologic Nucleosynethesis of Helium.- 2.8 The Origin of Galaxies.- 2.9 Stars.- 2.9.1 Classification of Stars.- 2.9.2 Biography of a Star.- 3 The Universe and the Elementary Particles.- 3.1 On the Relation between the Characteristic of Stars and of the Elementary Particles.- 3.1.1 Stars and Planets: A Distinction.- 3.1.2 Stellar Parameters: A Quantitative Evaluation.- 3.2 Structure of the Universe and the Mass of the Elementary Particles.- 3.2.1 The Mass of the Electron.- 3.2.2 The Mass of the Nucleon.- 3.3 Structure of the Universe and the Fundamental Interaction Constants.- 3.3.1 The Strong Interaction.- 3.3.2 The Electromagnetic Interaction.- 3.3.3 The Weak Interaction.- 3.3.4 The Gravitational Interaction.- 3.4 The Dimension of Space.- 3.5 Structure of the Universe and Quantum Numbers of Elementary Particles.- 3.6 The Anthropic Principle.- 3.7 On the Numerical Values of the Fundamental Constants.- 3.8 Conclusion.- 3.8.1 Defining the Words "Universe" and "Metagalaxy".- 3.8.2 Metagalaxy Formation.- 4. The Beginning and End of the Metagalaxy.- 4.1 Updating our Knowledge of the Metagalaxy.- 4.2 Describing the Metagalaxy.- 4.3 The Universality of the Physical Laws.- 4.4 The Very Beginning.- 4.5 Models of the Metagalaxy.- 4.6 The Friedmann Model.- 4.6.1 The Long Way to Recognition.- 4.6.2 Difficulties.- 4.7 The Physical Vacuum.- 4.8 The de Sitter Model: The Beginning of the Metagalaxy.- 4.9 The Structure of the Metagalaxy and the Fundamental Constants.- 4.10 The Metagalaxy as a Fluctuation.- 4.11 The Anthropic Principle.- 4.11.1 Definition.- 4.11.2 Applications.- 4.12 The Birth of the Metagalaxy and of Metagalaxies.- 4.12.1 Progress in Cosmology Brings Understanding.- 4.13 Future of the Metagalaxy.- 4.13.1 Open Metagalaxy.- 4.13.2 Closed Metagalaxy.