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Big Bang Cosmology

Big Bang expansion timeline from Wikimedia Commons

"CMB Timeline300 no WMAP". Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Threshold 1 looks at the beginning of the universe - the Big Bang and what came out of it.

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Extension books have more in-depth information, but usually require some background knowledge in the area.

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