The First Three Minutes

Steven Weinberg

In this modern scientific classic, a Nobel laureate discusses the Big Bang and how we know what happened at the universe’s beginning. The First Three Minutes is an instant classic because of how simply and clearly it explains our origins.

For approximately 14 billion years, the age of our universe has been expanding. However, the initial three minutes of its existence can be traced back to the elements that fashioned stars, planets, and lifeforms, as well as the fundamental forces of physics.

The initial three-minute events are described in great detail in the book by Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg. Beginning with the Planck Epoch, the oldest epoch in the universe’s history, the reader is taken on a thrilling ride that encompasses Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the Hubble Red Shift, and the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background. These astonishing findings are the basis for the “standard model” of cosmology that we have today. Not only does The First Three Minutes look at this model’s appearance, but it also reveals the fascinating narrative of the innovative minds behind it.