A short history of the universe

In this course, you will learn how the universe may have begun and grown and changed from before the Big Bang up to the present day—and how it may (or may not) end! The very beginning and the distant future are speculative, but most of the story is supported by evidence, such as the observations of astronomers and physicists using telescopes and particle colliders.

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“Very inspiring summaries of present knowledge; easy to comprehend.”

“Great length and strong content. Could be improved with more robust diagrams / media. Short pop quiz at the end of each day and more thorough quiz at the end of course. Really enjoyed all the same.”


Course plan

Lesson 1. The Very Early Universe
Lesson 2. The Early Universe
Lesson 3. The Photon Epoch
Lesson 4. Recombination (Decoupling)
Lesson 5. The Cosmic Dark Ages
Lesson 6. Re-ionization
Lesson 7. Star Formation
Lesson 8. Galaxy Formation
Lesson 9. The Formation of the Solar System
Lesson 10. Now and the Future
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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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