Research report 2006 - Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

An icon of cosmology and its mathematical background

Rendall, Alan D.

Geometrische Analysis und Gravitation (Prof. Dr. Gerhard Huisken)
MPI für Gravitationsphysik, Golm

This article describes recent developments in cosmology, in particular those connected with a certain curve (referred to here as 'icon') which arises from observations of the cosmic microwave background radiation. In this context it is explained how scientists try to get a better theoretical understanding of this curve and other questions in science with the aid of mathematics, especially analysis and geometry.

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