The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe
ISBN: 0465024378
EAN13: 9780465024377
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 18, 1993
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.9" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
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Book Overview

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist explains what happened at the very beginning of the universe, and how we know, in this popular science classic.

Our universe has been growing for nearly 14 billion years. But almost everything about it, from the elements that forged stars, planets, and lifeforms, to the fundamental forces of physics, can be traced back to what happened in just the first three minutes of its life.

In this book, Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg describes in wonderful detail what happened in these first three minutes. It is an exhilarating journey that begins with the Planck Epoch - the earliest period of time in the history of the universe - and goes through Einstein's Theory of Relativity, the Hubble Red Shift, and the detection of the Cosmic Microwave Background. These incredible discoveries all form the foundation for what we now understand as the standard model of the origin of the universe. The First Three Minutes examines not only what this model looks like, but also tells the exciting story of the bold thinkers who put it together.

Clearly and accessibly written, The First Three Minutes is a modern-day classic, an unsurpassed explanation of where it is we really come from.

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   Not gonna buy from here again.
The book i ordered took three weeks to arrive and despite the fact that it was labeled good, it was not in a shape or form good. The packaging for the book was first opened some how wrinkled and tuff to keep. It had a giant crease mark though the top half of the cover was still intact. The back looked like it was used as a scratching post, there was also some kind of food marking on it that i am hoping was gum that scraped. The only thing about it was that the pages themselves were clean and without marking. Atleast, i can still read it.
 
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   Failure to Planck?!
Without a doubt, Steven Weinberg is the closet thing we have to a Newton or Einstein alive today. But he is not perfect as much as his books in physics are almost required reading! This popularization was imitated by others... Weinberg made the Big Bang go off in modern times. But he fails to mention a basic in modern cosmology, the Planck scale.
 
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   Difficult to understand if not knowledgeable on the subject.
To appreciate this book, you would have to have a few college classes on cosmology. Because I haven 't put this book to sleep. There are a lot of terms and diagrams and unless you have a previous understanding of elementary particles and astronomy, I don 't recommend it.
 
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   Have to disagree
I have a doctorate in dentistry and began reading the book, thinking that it would become less obtuse.
 
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   Don't waste your time! Marketer title but very poor content and format
Just the format made me feel that I was reading a book from the 19th century. The narration is so poorly developed, it is just a boring and linear numbering of facts and math - formulas. There is no such a climax of the story, no funny anecdotes, nothing!! The author seems to be an academic rather than a book writer. If you're desperate to learn more about this fascinating topic, there are plenty of other books on the same topic, but with far superior storytelling and content.
 
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   A very clear description of the possible origin of the universe
I read the first 4 chapters of this book through. The author explained in a very easy-to-understand way, the current physics behind the basic model of the origin of the universe, supported by the limited experimental evidence. There are no mathematics in the book's main content. If one is interested, there is a mathematical supplement after the glossary. It contains simple derivation, usually using algebra, of the physics discussed in the first 4 chapters. Chapter 2 discusses the concept of cosmological principle and the physics of the expansion of the universe from Hubble's experiments. Chapter 3 describes the complete surprise discovery of cosmic background radiation from the radio frequency experiments of Arnold Penzias and Robert Wilson. To continue after I read the remaining 55 pages of the book.
 
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   Nice but Dated
This book is done well and the author is enthusiastic about the theme. The language is non-technical for most part of the language and easy to follow. The book has an appendix, which goes over mathematics for those who want a more detailed explanation. The copyright is in 1977 with a revision in 1988. The author was aware of dark matter at the time of the revision, but not of dark energy. The Higgs field was also not known and this makes the book almost non-relevant. Overall, I would look for a book that has a copyright of at least 2010 to be up to date on the subject of how the universe was formed in the first few minutes.
 
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   Bloody Marvelous!
While this treatment of cosmology is seriously outdated - even the 1993 book - doesn't address many of the recent developments in the field. It is a beautiful Romp through the mind of one of the greatest physicisits of the 20th century. This is the book that switched me on to physics when I read it in 1985. If you want a mmodern treatment of cosmology there are much better books, but this was groundbreaking writing in its day for the general public. Sadly, the kindle version is lacking in appropriate formatting and takes few advantages of the many awesome features that kindle publishing offers. Clearly, this is a minimal effort on the part of the pundler to make a profit at the expense of misleading the consumer.
 
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   Too far out of date - 1977 & 1993
No doubt, this was at the time a highly praised book, probably much too out of date for 2020. Very well written, minimal math requires good reading and comprehension.
 
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   The splendid cosmological history reviewed
It is a great book for anyone interested in the history of our universe, and a must-read for physics students. I would say that it does require some familiarity with the subject of cosmology, thermodynamics and particle physics, but how much you get out of the book depends on your background and how much thinking you put into it. It is a book for the public, and therefore it is not expected that everyone reaches the same level of understanding of a physicist or the level of understanding of a book. Anyway, as a physics student, it is a privilege to see how Weinberg went through the book.
 
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