The First Three Minutes

  • by Steven Weinberg
  • Narrated by Raymond Todd
  • 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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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.
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- Gregory

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.
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- Lawrence

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.