©1988 Steven Weinberg; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written before inflation theory, this work is a bit dated. However this is excellent and insightful view into the basic workings of the universe and its creation from the subatomic level and what balance of subatomic particles are necessary to bring about various outcomes.
-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.
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?
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