The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe

Version: Unabridged
Author: Steven Weinberg
Narrator: Raymond Todd
Genres: Science & Technology, Astronomy & Physics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2013
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 36 minutes
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This classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel Prizewinning physicist explains what happened when the universe began, and how we know. According to the latest cosmological knowledge, Weinberg describes the universe as originating in fractions of a second. He divides the early universe into six frames, some lasting less than a second while others extend for more than a minute, and details the incredible energetic reactions that took place within each frame. This is an excellent primer for anyone interested in the beginning of the world by one of our best science writers.
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The Early Universe

Written by Steve Heller from Oak Park, IL on November 1st, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

At the time of publication, this was a marvel of science writing for the educated public. However, by now it is too outdated to be one's only introduction to the early universe. Much of the discussion involves analysis of issues at the time of writing which have now been settled for years.

Author Details

Author Details

Weinberg, Steven

"Steven Weinberg was educated at Cornell, Copenhagen, and Princeton, and taught at Columbia, Berkeley, M.I.T., and Harvard, where from 1973 to 1982 he was Higgins Professor of Physics. In 1982 he moved to The University of Texas at Austin and founded its Theory Group. At Texas he holds the Josey Regental Chair of Science and is a member of the Physics and Astronomy Departments.

His research has spanned a broad range of topics in quantum field theory, elementary particle physics, and cosmology, and has been honored with numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physics, the National Medal of Science, the Heinemann Prize in Mathematical Physics, the Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Madison Medal of Princeton University, and the Oppenheimer Prize.

He also holds honorary doctoral degrees from a dozen universities. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, the Royal Society of London, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Astronomical Union, and the American Philosophical Society.

In addition to the well-known treatise, Gravitation and Cosmology, he has written several books for general readers, including the prize-winning The First Three Minutes (now translated into 22 foreign languages), The Discovery of Subatomic Particles, and most recently Dreams of a Final Theory. He has written a textbook The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. I. and Vol. II."