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, 2020 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


Here is the link for the second edition


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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