This book has its roots in a series of collaborations in the last decade at the interface between statistical physics and cosmology. The speci?c problem which initiated this research was the study of the clustering properties of galaxies as revealed by large redshift surveys, a context in which concepts of modern statistical physics (e. g. scale-invariance, fractality. . ) ?nd ready application. In recent years we have considerably broadened the range of problems in cosmology which we have addressed, treating in particular more theoretical issues about the statistical properties of standard cosmological models. What is common to all this research, however, is that it is informed by a perspective and methodology which is that of statistical physics. We can say that, beyond its speci?c scienti?c content, this book has an underlying thesis: such interdisciplinary research is an exciting playground for statistical physics, and one which can bring new and useful insights into cosmology. The book does not represent a ?nal point, but in our view, a marker in the development of this kind of research, which we believe can go very much further in the future. Indeed as we complete this book, new developments - which unfortunately we have not been able to include here - have been made on some of the themes described here. Our focus in this book is on the problem of structure in cosmology.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
From the reviews:
"Any book on an interdisciplinary subject must build up a self-consistent theory able to explain a great number of observations. The concepts introduced must be pertinent for the phenomena in question and sufficiently elaborated in order to extract solid conclusions in an clear and concise way. These requirements have been perfectly fulfilled in the material presented in this book. ... the book is highly recommendable due to the insight it gives into the field of cosmic structures, providing sound basis for further research." (J. M. Rubi, Journal of Statistical Physics, 2006)