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date: 21 October 2020

(p. ii) Frontispiece

(p. ii) Frontispiece

Frontispiece

Frontispiece: The whole-sky map of the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) as observed by the Planck satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA). The image shows largescale structures in the Universe only 380,000 years after the Big Bang. It encodes a huge amount of information about the cosmological parameters which describe our Universe. (Courtesy of ESA and the Planck Collaboration)