The Early Universe

An illustration showing a timeline of the universe.

A representation of the evolution of the universe over 13.77 billion years. (Image courtesy of NASA / WMAP Science Team.)


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Fall 2013



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The Early Universe provides an introduction to modern cosmology. The first part of the course deals with the classical cosmology, and later part with modern particle physics and its recent impact on cosmology.

For more about Professor Guth's work, listen to this interview from WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio news station.

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Alan Guth. 8.286 The Early Universe, Fall 2013. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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