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The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe | [Steven Weinberg]

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

Now updated with a major new afterword that incorporates the latest cosmological research, this classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel prize-winning physicist explains to general readers what happened when the Universe began, and how we know.
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Publisher's Summary

Now updated with a major new afterword that incorporates the latest cosmological research, this classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel prize-winning physicist explains to general readers what happened when the Universe began, and how we know.

©1988 Steven Weinberg; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Science writing at its best." (New York Review of Books)
"The book is the first I have seen to put the details, both historical and conceptual, of the origin of the Universe within the grasp of the general reader. As such, it is a tremendous service to us all." (Isaac Asimov)
"Weinberg builds such a convincing case...that one comes away from his book feeling not only that the idea of an original cosmic explosion is not crazy but that any other theory appears scientifically irrational." (New Yorker)

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    Gregory Virginia Beach, VA, USA 01-01-05
    Gregory Virginia Beach, VA, USA 01-01-05 Member Since 2009
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    "Strong and Compelling Story"

    An excellent and accessible accounting of the beginnings of the universe. This introduction to cosmology is presented in a compelling and engaging way. I enjoy reading about science, and most especially, science books that grab the reader and take him through an adventure of discovery. This book does that.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Scotts Valley, CA, United States 10-31-07
    Lawrence Scotts Valley, CA, United States 10-31-07
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    "Sleeping Aid"

    If you need help falling asleep, then maybe this book is a good choice. The narrator apparently felt the same because he pretty much rushes through the book and clearly doesn't know what he's reading.

    The material is extremely dated-- huge advances have been made since the author wrote this in 1975, and he did not bother to re-write it in the 1990s. Instead he just tagged on a catch-up chapter at the end. And who will still be awake by the end of this audiobook?

    Try Fabric of the Cosmos for something better on this subject matter.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Springhill, LA, USA 03-04-05
    Joseph Springhill, LA, USA 03-04-05
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    "Unlistenable"

    This is the first audiobook I've regretted buying. I've made about four attempts to make it through and I've been stopped every time by the expressionless, rushed narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Gordon 03-11-05 Member Since 2013
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    "maybe better as a book"

    Perhaps better when read rather than listened to. Even with a decent background in math and physics, it was most difficult to follow the spoken text.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-24-08
    Richard Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-24-08
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    "In the Beginning"

    This book is not for the scientifically challenged. Having a basic knowledge of physics helps. I found the scales used to be mind-boggling. The history of our world is but a single heartbeat in the life of the universe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Independence, KY, USA 03-10-08
    Kevin Independence, KY, USA 03-10-08
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    "Just a bit to technical"

    I was hoping for a lay persons book on the origin of the universe. I have been watching the history channel's the universe and was looking for a book that would go into a little more detain about the origin of the universe. This book does that but at times I found myself very confused, but overall it was a very good, very thought provoking book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill East Bethel, MN, USA 12-08-05
    Bill East Bethel, MN, USA 12-08-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Tough to follow"

    This is really interesting stuff but after a brief introduction to cosmology takes off at break neck speed. It is written for someone already very comfortable with concepts such as black body spectrums and particle/anti-particle production. It would make a great book for a 2nd year physic student or mid-level astronomy student.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Atlanta, GA, USA 03-15-08
    Nathan Atlanta, GA, USA 03-15-08
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    "better books out there..."

    -Indeed, the first part was pretty good. But by the last third, he seemed to be in a rush to pour out the information.

    -Indeed, familiarity with this subject is required to fully enjoy this book.

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    Christopher 03-18-05
    Christopher 03-18-05
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    "The Narrator Mispronounces Words!"

    The narrator mispronounces the words 'tritium' and 'spectroscopy'. What if you didn't recognize this? After taking the time to enrich yourself by listening to this book, if you ever tried to speak about what you'd heard you'd sound like an idiot! There's no excuse for this.

    As for the book itself, I found it interesting, but despite having a B.S. in biology I found some of the concepts difficult to follow. On the flip side the author can be annoyingly condescending. For instance, he won't call any number larger than a million by its' proper name. Is it really simpler to say 'a thousand, thousand million' than to say a trillion?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "great book but audio alone is lacking"
    What made the experience of listening to The First Three Minutes the most enjoyable?

    this is a great book, very technical so it might be hard for many to follow in the audio format. I found myself hitting the :30 replay many times and I will probably have to listen to it again.


    What about Raymond Todd’s performance did you like?

    a little dry. I prefer narration by the actual authors when it comes to these topics. They tend to be more passionate.


    Any additional comments?

    find the charts or visual aides to accompany this great book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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