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As is usual with 'which is correct?' questions, both are grammatically correct, but they have different meanings, or at least implications. The first construction implies a connection between the parts; the professor has perhaps published a paper entitled 'Primordial cosmology and the star formation rate', and the other subjects are similarly related. The ...
Generally, you should italicize (or underline in some cases) the book titles. This is true for nearly all scholarly journals and legal writing that I've seen. Most scholarly books I've read use italics as well. "...alongside we studied the theory behind them from diverse books, such as: Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics (Mandel & Wolf 1995); ...
Ignore the people telling you to re-write. Punctuation is part of writing, and there's a wonderful punctuation mark waiting on your home row right now that's eager to help out: the semicolon. Herman, my brother; George, my nephew; and I went to the market. Semicolons aren't just for related sentences like this one; they're also the fall-back list ...
Adding more punctuation will complicate the sentence and make it harder to read. To keep it simple and keep the construction parallel you can just say, "My brother Herman, my nephew George, and I went to the market."
This is tricky to make both unambiguous and natural and mellifluous. Both Ingmar and James’ suggestion make the sentence unambiguous, but they also make it flow somewhat clunkily, since “I went”, with its very short subject and verb, ends up detached, as it were, from the rest of the sentence. To preserve both unambiguity and naturalness of the sentence as ...
Reword to make unambiguous: Herman, who is my brother, my nephew George and I went.
You could always use brackets. Herman (my brother), George (my nephew) and I went to the market.
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