## The Early Universe"The Early Universe has become the standard reference on forefront topics in cosmology, particularly to the early history of the Universe. Subjects covered include primordial nubleosynthesis, baryogen" |

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### Contents

1 The Universe Observed | 1 |

2 RobertsonWalker Metric | 29 |

3 Standard Cosmology | 47 |

4 BigBang Nucleosynthesis | 87 |

5 Thermodynamcis in the Expanding Universe | 115 |

6 Baryogenesis | 157 |

7 PHase Transitions | 195 |

8 Inflation | 261 |

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