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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,972 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Weinberg Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel Prize–winning 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.

From the Big Bang to string theory, dark matter to the theory of relativity, this book covers a range of fascinating subjects written in language that will apeal to science enthusiasts and general readers alike.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A most remarkable achievment…presented with clarity…and great scientific accuracy.”

    T.D. Lee, Nobel Laureate in Physics

  • “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

  • “His book is science writing at its best.”

    New York Review of Books

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 1/19/2014

    " Being a flighty little bird, this led me to the 'Poetic Edda' (add to Never Finished since I didnt have Wikipedia), then to the 'Ring des Nibelungen'. Good times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jesse | 1/15/2014

    " One of the best for general consumption science books I have ever read. Weinberg performs masterfully at laying out the evidence for how universe evolved and why it must be so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh Brown | 11/11/2013

    " This was very fascinating and challenging and my only complaint is that it was perhaps too technical to suit its purpose, which is supposed to be to clarify the main evidence for and about the big bang theory for a lay audience. Though that may just be my ignorance speaking :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by dead letter office | 10/30/2013

    " pop science account of the state of affairs in cosmology with regard to the early universe. this book spawned about 65 spinoffs by astrophysicists of various degrees of competence as everyone rushed to deliver "the last three minutes", "the next three minutes", etc, etc, etc. "

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About the Author
Author Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg received the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in unifying two of the fundamental forces of nature, and in 1991 he was awarded the National Medal of Science at the White House. His earlier prize-winning book The First Three Minutes is the classic account of the “Big Bang,” the modern theory of the origin of the universe. Among his other books are The Theory of Subatomic Particles and Gravitation and Cosmology: Principles and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity. Steven Weinberg is a member of the Royal Society of London as well as the US National Academy of Sciences, and has been awarded numerous honorary degrees, most recently from Columbia University and the Universities of Salamanca and Padua.