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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.

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The Early Universe MIT

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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.

License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
More information at http://ocw.mit.edu/terms
More courses at http://ocw.mit.edu

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    Lecture 1: Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse? Part I

    Lecture 1: Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse? Part I

    In this lecture, the professor talked about the standard Big Bang, cosmic inflation, evidence for inflation, Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), universe to multiverse, dark energy, etc.

    • 1 hr 10 min
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    Lecture 2: Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse, Part II

    Lecture 2: Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse, Part II

    In this lecture, the professor summarized the standard Big Bang, cosmic inflation, evidence for inflation, inflation and multiverse, nightmare of dark energy. He also talked about the landscape and environmental selection, anthropic arguments, etc.

    • 1 hr 17 min
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    Lecture 3: The Doppler Effect and Special Relativity

    Lecture 3: The Doppler Effect and Special Relativity

    In this lecture, the professor discussed the doppler effect, time dilation, Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction and relativity of simultaneity.

    • 1 hr 16 min
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    Lecture 4: The Kinematics of the Homogeneous Expanding Universe

    Lecture 4: The Kinematics of the Homogeneous Expanding Universe

    In this lecture, the professor first talked about the properties of the universe, then discussed Hubble's Law, gave an example of isotropy without homogeneity, etc.

    • 1 hr 18 min
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    Lecture 5: Cosmological Redshift and the Dynamics of Homogeneous Expansion, Part I

    Lecture 5: Cosmological Redshift and the Dynamics of Homogeneous Expansion, Part I

    In this lecture, the professor quickly reviewed the homogeneous expanding universe, then discussed cosmological redshift and the dynamics of homogeneous expansion.

    • 1 hr 18 min
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    Lecture 6: The Dynamics of Homogeneous Expansion, Part II

    Lecture 6: The Dynamics of Homogeneous Expansion, Part II

    In this lecture, the professor talked about cosmological redshift and the dynamics of homogeneous expansion.

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

Len Palmeri ,

inflationary cosmology

Very interesting, Dr. Guth. I viewed the first lecture. Looking forward to viewing the rest.

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Fabulous

If you’re like me you read “the inflationary universe” but that was published in the late nineties. Incredible free lectures by the man himself

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Insightful

I began watching this class with the expectation that I would be quickly lost. Instead I found Dr. Guth to be an excellent instructor who develops the topic in a way that, even being many years removed from my college math, I was able to follow. Some of the areas can be a bit dry but, hey, this is science not entertainment. If you want to skip all the development of equations which can be a bit mechanical, he does a quick 10 min. review of the previous class at the beginning of each lecture.

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