“Cosmology reveals profound insights into the structure and history of the universe. Far from being at the center of the universe, humans live on one of billion planets and our sun is just one of many billion stars. The universe has been around for 13.8 billion years and was much warmer, denser and smaller in the past. Since then, it has expanded substantially. Physicists have discovered that the universe expanded exponentially in the deep past in a process known as cosmological inflation.
Particle Physics and Inflationary Cosmology is a textbook about cosmology models related to the history of the universe as the particles that make up it. It was written by Andrei Linde at Stanford University in 1990, but was made freely available to everyone in 2005. Although it is a few decades old, the new abstract mentions some of the new findings in the area and recommends more modern texts to read at the same time. The textbook is split up into ten separate chapters.”