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The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe

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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.
Paperback, 203 pages
Published August 18th 1993 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 1977)
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Sep 24, 2014 Manny rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in Big Questions
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth...”

“Can we leave out God and just say that, in the beginning, the Universe got created?”


“Oh well, leave it in for now. Let's continue.”

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Ahmad  Ebaid
Jul 14, 2016 Ahmad Ebaid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: علوم
المؤلٌّف قديم إلى حد ما, لكنه مازال ذا أهمية رغم إعادة صياغة بعض المعلومات اللي ذكرها فيه الآن

ترجع الأهمية, إلى أن الكتاب يتحدث بتفصيل وبترتيب تاريخي عن الحدث الأعظم المكتشف حديثاً حينها, وهو اكتشاف الأشعة الخلفية الكونية الميكرونية سنة 1965.
كيف تم الاكتشاف, ولماذا تأخر الاكتشاف ؟! وما هي التوقعات عن ما لم يكتشف؟!

ثم يتحدث بتفصيل كبير أيضاً عن تأثير دوبلر وتطبيقه على بدء الكون.

ومعظم الكتاب عن النقطتين السابقتين, وعن الجسيمات الدقيقة الأولية بما انها الاختصاص الأساسي للمؤلف, والذي جعله يستحق جائزة
ريهام يوسف
Sep 16, 2015 ريهام يوسف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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اكبر دليل ع ان الكتاب جميل هو ان انا قدرت اخلصه ف 5 ايام اتهيالي , انا فاكرة لما قرأت كتاب قبل كده عن فيزياء الفلك خد مني شهرين لحد ما خلصته تقريبا .

المهم ان الكتاب فعلا مفيد جدا , كان فيه حاجات انا اول مرة اعرفها , بس معظمه كان بيشرح النظريات او المصطلحات الي انا عرفاها , ابتدا من اول حاجه ف بداية الكون وخدها بالتدريج لحد اخر ثالث دقيقة وكام ثانية زي ما قال :D
الكلام مش صعب ف فهمه ع قد صعوبته ف التركيز وانك تجمع الكلام مع بعضه وتربطه وتفهمه .
فيه اجزاء فيه مليانه تفاصيل كتير انا ع نفسي مهتمتش بي
Mohamed al-Jamri
Mar 09, 2016 Mohamed al-Jamri rated it liked it
سمعت عن هذا الكتاب ﻷول مرة من خلال إحدى محاضرات عدنان إبراهيم وبما أن المؤلف من الحائزين على جائزة نوبل في الفيزياء وعنوان كتابه جذاب فقد عزمت على قراءاه منذ ذلك الحين وأخيرًا عثرت على نسخة مسموعة منه فلم أؤخر الاستماع له بالرغم أنه من المفترض بي التركيز على الدراسة هذه الأيام حيث لدي اختبار نهائي في الطب بعد ثلاثة أسابيع تقريبا.

تم تأليف هذا الكتاب عام 1977 ولذلك فبعض من العلومات فيه قديمة بعض الشيء والكتاب يحتوي على كثير من الأرقام والأمور التقنية صعبة الفهم على القارئ العادي.

مع ذلك فإن ستيفن و
Jun 05, 2013 Liam89 rated it liked it
Steven Weinberg, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1979, has made a genuine attempt to explain the Big Bang to a general audience, and while I did come away from this with a better understanding of the narrative of the events, the process remains a mystery. At first I thought that my lack of enjoyment of this was down to my own astonishing poverty of knowledge in matters of physics and cosmology. However, having looked a little further into it, it seems I am not the only one who found thi ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Vishy rated it it was amazing
A wonderful introduction to the origin of the universe and the Big Bang Theory. Written by Nobel Prize Winner Steven Weinberg, this book is challenging for a significant part, but is not beyond the reach of a general reader. As Weinberg says in his introduction we have to puzzle through the detailed arguments to understand it well and use that to make up our mind. If you don't have the patience for that and want to read it like a regular book, still the book has a lot to offer. One of the things ...more
وأخيراً انتهيت من الكتاب !!!
الصفحات الأخيرة طبعاً قرأتها قفزاً بين الكلمات والسطور .. الكتاب تقني أكثر مما تسمح لي خلفيتي العلمية باستيعابه، وأيضاً قديم .. أنا ماقريته الا لأن ستيفن هوكينج ذكره في كتابه الرائع موجز تاريخ الزمن .. لكن هالشي مايمنع إن الكتاب فيه بعض الجماليّة الي قد تكون غابت عني بسبب عدم تصوري للفيزياء الذرية اللي كان يوصّفها، علشان هالشي ماقيّمت الكتاب بنجمات !!.. وأيضاً رهبة تصور عظمة خلق الله عز وجل للكون الكبير جداً المتقن البهر ... شئ تقشعر له الأبدان بالفعل !!! سبحان الله
Jul 20, 2015 Dilan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Zorlu,eğlenceli ve uğraş gerektiren bir evren macerasını daha bitirdim.Sonra da kendimi kozmolojinin bu derin ve muazzam büyüklüğü karşısında bir toz parçasından daha önemsiz,küçük hissettim.
Normalde popüler bilim kitaplarına parçacık fiziği ve atom altı parçacıklar ile giriş yapmıştım.Onları okurken çok küçük ölçülerle karşılaşmış ve onlara uyum sağlayabilmiştim.Fakat kozmoloji için aynı şeyi söyleyemeyeceğim.En küçüğün fiziğinden,çok büyüklerin fiziğine geçiş yapmak fazlasıyla kafa karıştırıcı
Feb 20, 2014 Rama rated it it was amazing
A bang in the dawn: Physics of the origin of the universe

This book in cosmology requires some knowledge in undergraduate level physics, where the author chronicles the very early history of the universe while describing the underlying physical concepts. In the light of epoch experiments to be conducted with new Large Hadron Collider (LHC), during October 2008 at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The LHC will create the conditions of less than a millionth of a second after Big
Pete daPixie
Sep 21, 2010 Pete daPixie rated it liked it
Shelves: stardust
The author is Professor of Physics at Harvard, which is fairly indicative of the level of 'The First Three Minutes'.
Marcus Chown's account of this subject matter is a better bet for the lay reader. Weinberg's account of the 'big bang', is a deeper dive into cosmology and particle physics, that I feel is more suited towards the student than the lay reader. However, this book is written in a style that can guide and carry the curious towards the frontiers of the sub atomic. Published in 1977, I'm
Rahell Omer
Feb 20, 2016 Rahell Omer rated it liked it
Three stars to Weinberg's 'The First Three Minutes'
James F
Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, astronomy
This was a reread of a book I read decades ago. I am beginning a "project" to read about modern astronomy this month; the question always arises, How far back should I start? If I limit it to the last year or so, I won't find much at the library, and I will lack some background; on the other hand, would it make sense to go back and reread say Gamow's books from the fifties, which I started on when I was in grade school, from when the Big Bang was just an interesting speculation that even its cre ...more
Yassin Yassin
Hmm This then in brief is our recipe for the contents of the early universe. Take a charge per photon equal to zero, a baryon number ( protons and neutrons, the heavier hyperons ) per photon equal to one part in 1000 million, and a lepton number ( electron , muon, neutrino , positron, antimuon and antineutrino ) per photon uncertain but small. Take the temperature at any given time to be greater than the temperature 3 K of the present radiation background by the ratio of the present size of the ...more
Kevin Orrman-Rossiter
This is an account of the first three minutes of the universe. From the big bang the three minutes is completed with the contents of the universe in the form of light, neutrinos and anti-neutrinos, and some nuclear matter - electrons, protons and neutrons - cool enough to form complex nuclei of hydrogen, deuterium and helium. Eventually, after a few hundred thousand years, it would cool enough to form atoms of hydrogen and helium. This is the ‘standard model’, most are now familiar with the term ...more
فےـيےـصِےـل | Faisal
Feb 09, 2016 فےـيےـصِےـل | Faisal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
For everyone who wants to get into the real deal of particle physics but without all the equations and integrals. It's a heavy paragraph, nearly every line is just the tip of huge mountain, Sometimes you have to go to wikipedia to know what Steven Weinberg is talking about.
Jun 03, 2016 Sparowhawke rated it really liked it
For most of my youth, I aspired to a career in physics. This book reminds me why. While ultimately I was lured away to another field, I have sustained my interest in physics and astronomy throughout my adult life, and I have kept generally abreast of the advances in cosmology and astrophysics since this book appeared in 1977 and its afterword added in 1993. For me, this book was less a primer on what today we think we know about the first three minutes than it was a retrospective on what we then ...more
Jul 18, 2010 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm not a physicist but I thought this was a very useful introduction to the thinking in physics at the time. It's probably a bit dated now. I find it fairly clear reading and enjoyable.
Jul 13, 2013 Ramy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب يتحدث عن نظرية ال big bang و خلفية الاشعاع الكونى و تمدد الكون و كيف تشكلت النجوم و الكواكب و الاقمار و كيف نشات الحياة على كوكب الارض
Jul 23, 2014 Cara rated it really liked it
This book is hopelessly out of date - the original version was published over 35 years ago and the updated version is still over 20 years old. For that reason, I would definitely not recommend this as a first book for someone interested in the origins of the universe. However, that's not to say it's not a great book. Steven Weinberg has the talent of writing about a very complicated subject with clarity and simplicity, but not over-simplicity. It's also very interesting if you're even a little b ...more
Carlos Santiago Ramal
Un libro complejo y algo desactualizado debido a los nuevos descubrimientos, sobre todo el de las ondas gravitacionales y por los años que tiene de su publicación , pero muy gratificante por otra parte. Por fin después de varias lecturas similares, este consigue que pueda entender el concepto de la mecánica cuántica y deje de parecerme ciencia ficción cada vez que intentó comprender el vasto universo. Mediante la física de partículas, las ondas de radiación, temperaturas y datos matemáticos expl ...more
Karenbike Patterson
Jun 23, 2015 Karenbike Patterson rated it it was ok
Most people are curious about how our universe began. What started the big boom? This book attempts to answer these questions in layman's terms. Maybe it's unavoidable, but there were still plenty of new terms and formulas that were used to explain how distance and speed are determined as well as analogies that make it clearer to us non scientist types. This book isn't about where the matter came from nor the thing that caused it to explode but how fast, hot, long, it was after it happened. I fo ...more
Last Ranger
May 04, 2015 Last Ranger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Black-Body Radiation:

Published in 1977 "The First Three Minutes" was an immediate hit with the general lay-public, from teens to adults, and instantly reset the bar for quality science writing for all science books that followed. Written by American theoretical physicist and future Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg, it introduces the wonders of Cosmology and Physics to "anyone willing to puzzle through some detailed arguments", in this he was eminently successful. In the 1993 edition he wrote a new
Nacho Gamboa
Apr 10, 2014 Nacho Gamboa rated it really liked it
Pues, el libro está bastante interesante pero tiene dos grandes problemas, el primero: En definitiva este no es un libro para principiantes o de lectura casual, por más que el autor escriba en su prefacio que no se requiere conocimiento de física o matemática (lo cual es relativamente cierto, pero no del todo) el nivel técnico del libro es alto y hay que comprender ciertos principios y términos (entre otras cosas) para lograr "llevarse bien" con este libro, ya que Weinberg no "suaviza" el conten ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Baylee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nonostante il tema affascinante (a chi non interessa saperne di più sull'origine del nostro universo?), ho trovato tre difetti, nessuno dei quali imputabili all'autore.

Il primo consiste nella difficoltà che ho trovato nel capire alcuni passaggi. Credo che questo abbia più a che fare con le mie pietose conoscenze di fisica che con le capacità di Weinberg di spiegare bene. A questo proposito, ho trovato più chiaro Dove nascono le stelle di Margherita Hack, la quale probabilmente aveva ben presente
John Everett
Readers will have to look elsewhere for a serious review. Weinberg's book sits on the shelf where I keep background reading for a play about suicide (of which I've written one version), and an inscription tells me I bought my current edition of it in 2006, but I'm not sure now--six years later--how Weinberg's account of the beginning of the universe related to my subject. Possibly I wanted to see just what kind of story leads up to this final-page statement, which is close to famous among studen ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Nicholas rated it liked it
Weinberg's classic of cosmology still reads well, even if it is a bit dated. This is not a book for the lay person, though. The book is filled with complicated and rigorous mathematical formalisms and has an appendix that doesn't' shy away from the quantitative work that went into reconstructing the universe in the minutes that followed the Big Bang itself.

The First Three Minutes is still an enjoyable read, even after over thirty years since the original date of publication. Newer editions have
Stefano Finazzo
Jul 04, 2013 Stefano Finazzo rated it liked it
Weinberg descreve o estado da arte da cosmologia... até meados da década de 80.

A descrição é simples, precisa e direta, e Weinberg lança mão de pouquíssimas analogias e imagens pictóricas.

Por um lado, ele evita o maior problema da divulgação científica, que é o abuso de analogias. Não há espaço para isso aqui. As coisas são, ou não são; não há meio termos ou poréns.

Por outro lado, a imagem é uma ferramenta muito poderosa. Imagens e analogias auxiliam no desenvolvimento da intuição física. O fís
Feb 09, 2013 J.P. rated it really liked it
It's a fairly short book, only about 155 pages but there is a lot of information in it. The history of discovering what the Universe was like after the Big Bang is covered, the missteps & a clarification of how things are missed even with useful information available. It obviously goes into the conditions of the early universe. For me personally, reading a little bit about the basics of Quantum Physics & relativity helped me out tremendously with certain topics that were covered & I ...more
After having read Bill Bryson and Simon Singh, the style of this book seemed a little dry, but Prof. Weinberg is mainly a scientist and not a writer. As I understand it, this book was one of the first of its kind (after Gamows Mr. Tompkins), bringing science to the layman, so it should earn some respect, but in the meantime there have been issued better (and of course more up to date) books on the issue of the Big Bang. I just was very glad the mathematic formulas were put in an extra chapter at ...more
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