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The First Three Minutes, updated edition

by Steven Weinberg
New York: Basic Books, 1994. 224 pages.

A classic exposition of the Big Bang by a winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics, The First Three Minutes sought to explain "the new understanding of the early universe that has grown out of the discovery of the cosmic microwave radiation background in 1965." The afterword in the updated edition of 1988 discusses developments in cosmology since 1976. Writing in The New Yorker, Jeremy Bernstein remarked, "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."