Statistical Physics for Cosmic Structures

  • Andrea Gabrielli
  • Francesco Sylos Labini
  • Michael Joyce
  • Luciano Pietronero

About this book


The physics of scale-invariant and complex systems is a novel interdisciplinary field. Its ideas allow us to look at natural phenomena in a radically new and original way, eventually leading to unifying concepts independent of the detailed structure of the systems. The objective is the study of complex, scale-invariant, and more general stochastic structures that appear both in space and time in a vast variety of natural phenomena, which exhibit new types of collective behaviors, and the fostering of their understanding. This book has been conceived as a methodological monograph in which the main methods of modern statistical physics for cosmological structures and density fields (galaxies, Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, etc.) are presented in detail. The main purpose is to present clearly, to a workable level, these methods, with a certain mathematical accuracy, providing also some paradigmatic examples of applications. This should result in a new and more general framework for the statistical analysis of the many new data concerning the different cosmic structures which characterize the large scale Universe and for their theoretical interpretation and modeling.


Complex Systems Cosmological Models Distribution of Galaxy Clusters Fractal Algorithms Fractals Galaxy Galaxy Survey Gravity Multifractal Stationary Stochastic Fields Statistical Methods statistical physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea Gabrielli
    • 1
  • Francesco Sylos Labini
    • 2
  • Michael Joyce
    • 3
  • Luciano Pietronero
    • 4
  1. 1.Statistical Mechanics and Complexity Center - INFM c/o Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità “La Sapienza”RomaItaly
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique ThéoriqueUniversité de Paris XIOrsay CedexFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et des Hautes EnergiesUniversité de Paris VIParis Cedex 05France
  4. 4.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità “La Sapienza”RomaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-40745-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-26999-1
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