From the Universe to the Elementary Particles

A First Introduction to Cosmology and the Fundamental Interactions

  • Ulrich Ellwanger

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 173-189

About this book


In this book, the author leads the reader, step by step and without any advanced mathematics, to a clear understanding of the foundations of modern elementary particle physics and cosmology. He also addresses current and controversial questions on topics such as string theory. The book contains gentle introductions to the theories of special and general relativity, and also classical and quantum field theory. The essential aspects of these concepts are understood with the help of simple calculations; for example, the force of gravity as a consequence of the curvature of the space-time.

Also treated are the Big Bang, dark matter and dark energy, as well as the presently known interactions of elementary particles: electrodynamics, the strong and the weak interactions including the Higgs boson. Finally, the book sketches as yet speculative theories: Grand Unification theories, supersymmetry, string theory and the idea of additional dimensions of space-time. Since no higher mathematical or physics expertise is required, the book is also suitable for college and university students at the beginning of their studies. Hobby astronomers and other science enthusiasts seeking a deeper insight than can be found in popular treatments will also appreciate this unique book.


Basic Relativity Classical and Quantum Field Theory Dark matter Elementary particle physics Evolution of the Universe Introduction to Physics Fundamentals Mathematics for Cosmology Physics Fundamentals Using Highschool Math Simple description of cosmology Simplified particle physics String theory and quantum gravity Theories of Cosmology

Authors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Ellwanger
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique ThéoriqueUniversité de Paris-SudOrsayFrance

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