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I am a theoretical physicist and I have a reasonable understanding of the early universe, inflation, FLRW metric, leptogenesis, baryogenesis, perturbations, the works (mainly in the style of the classic Kolb & Turner "The Early Universe"). However, I would like to improve my understanding of the evolution of the universe way after recombination. Things I would like to have a better quantitative understanding of are

  • What is the hierarchy of structures in the universe and how was it formed?
  • Which types of galaxies can I encounter in which era and how do they fit within the point above?
  • What is the mass of supermassive black holes as a function of redshift? What are the essential mechanisms of feedback between SMBHs and their host galaxies?
  • How does metallicity in space evolve as a function of redshift? What is the timeline of the chemical evolution of the universe?
  • Which stars can I encounter in which era? When are the first stellar remnants/ compact objects formed? How does binary star evolution fit into this? How do phenomena such as pulsar recyclation fit into this timeline?
  • How were cosmic magnetic fields formed?

In all of the points above I would also like to understand which observation and/or model leads to any answer.

I realize that some of these questions do not have known answers and that there may be no single book that would try to answer all of them. However, I would still be interested if there was a comprehensive "crash course for theorists" of two or three graduate-style textbooks that told me about the approximate state of the art.

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    $\begingroup$ Mo, van den Bosch, & White's "Galaxy Formation And Evolution" is only 10 years old, and covers many of these topics. You can find a .pdf version on the internet if you want to check it out before buying. I think it's a really good book. $\endgroup$ – pela Oct 22 '20 at 14:17
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I did not read this book but I believe it will definitely suit you

Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology: An Introduction by Peter Schneider

Here is the first edition

https://www.amazon.com/Extragalactic-Astronomy-Cosmology-Peter-Schneider/dp/3642069711

Here is the link for the second edition

https://www.amazon.com/Extragalactic-Astronomy-Cosmology-Peter-Schneider/dp/3662500604

Just go to the site and click "Look inside" to see the List of Contents. It nearly cover everything about the galaxy formation to stars etc.

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