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Andrew Liddle and David Lyth

Cosmological Inflation and Large-Scale Structure

This is a textbook which looks at models of the universe with an inflationary phase due to a scalar field. It examines how such models can be used to account for the structure we see now, that is the cosmological microwave background and the clustering of galaxies. Its approach is analytic rather than being based on numerical simulations, and it's impressive how much can be achieved with this approach. It would suit graduate students, and possibly those at an advanced undergraduate level - it is laid out as a textbook which the student can work through, rather than being a collection of research papers

I would say that anyone using this book would need a sound grasp of most undergraduate level mathematical physics. Its a wide ranging subject, firstly because it starts from cosmology, but then adds on the complication of interacting matter (rather than 'dust'). Secondly, it looks at both models of the behaviour of the early universe, and observations of the universe today.

Chapter 12 gives a non-mathematical, (but still technical) summary of the subject and chapter 13 comprises a couple of pages looking at future possibilities. The last two chapters contain material which is more advanced than the rest of the book.

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Published: 2000 Cambridge University Press
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Enormous progress has been made in inflationary cosmology in the past few years and this book is the first to provide a modern and unified overview of the subject. Coverage examines every aspect of inflationary cosmology and carefully compares predictions with the latest observations, including those of the cosmic microwave background, the clustering and velocities of galaxies and the epoch of structure formation. Problems are included throughout to help the student develop a thorough understanding. An ideal introduction to what promises to be one of the most fruitful topics of research in science in the next decade, this volume will be of great interest to graduate students and researchers in astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics, theoretical physics and applied mathematics.