This book addresses a frontier area of research in cosmology relating to the very early history of the universe. It describes the current search for answers to such questions as: Did the universe have a beginning? Is it dominated by matter, rather than antimatter? Why, how, and when did galaxies form? What is the nature of matter that cannot be seen but is believed to exist? Do we have any relics of the early epochs to indicate how the laws of physics operated in those times? Can cosmology supply clues to the riddle of unification of all laws of physics? In simplified form it describes the scientific speculation on the origin of the universe and the nature of the physical laws.