Suitable for readers of all ages

Cosmological Inflation and Large-Scale Structure

Andrew R Liddle and David H Lyth

Please note that this book is largely superseded by our new book
The Primordial Density Perturbation (2009), available now from Cambridge University Press and other sellers.

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000

ISBN  0-521-57598-2 (pbk), 0-521-66022-X (hbk),  430 pages

Paperback  £22.95 / $35
Hardback  £57.50 / $80.00

With 66 line diagrams, and over 50 problems, most with hints and answers.

Andrei Linde says "a detailed and well-written description of inflationary theory and its implications for the theory of formation of the large-scale structure in the universe ... a must for those who want to study modern cosmology".

Physics Today says "this book ...  is carefully constructed, well-written, well-organized, and crystal clear in its presentation of what can appear to be a complex and broad range of topics.".

This is a graduate level textbook, suitable for all levels of researcher from starting postgraduates onwards. It aims to give a complete account of the inflationary cosmology, from the particle physics modelling aspects to the comparison with astrophysical observations. It includes a detailed account of linear perturbation theory, and of those astrophysical observations which can be interpreted using it, such as the cosmic microwave background.


The Hot Big Bang Cosmology
The Simplest Model for the Origin of Structure   I
The Simplest Model for the Origin of Structure  II
Extensions to the Simplest Model
Scalar Fields and the Vacuum Fluctuation
Building and Testing Models of Inflation
The Cosmic Microwave Background
Galaxy Motions and Clustering
The Quasi-linear Regime
Putting Observations Together
Outlook for the Future
Advanced Topic: Cosmological Perturbation Theory
Advanced Topic: Diffusion and Free-streaming

Published by Cambridge University Press.

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Andrew Liddle
  June 2009