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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

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Published by: Emisa Rista on Nov 26, 2009
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Steven Weinberg
The First
Three
Minutes
A
modem view 
of the origin of 
the universe 
F LA M IN G O
Published by Fontana Paperbacks
 
Contents
Preface 91 Introduction: the Giant and the Cow 132 The Expansion of the Universe 203 The Cosmic Microwave Radiation Background 524 Recipe for a Hot Universe 81
5 The First Three Minutes 102
6 A Historical Diversion 1207 The First One-hundredth Second 1308 Epilogue: the Prospect Ahead 145Afterword 151TABLES : 1. Properties of Some Elementary Particles 1632. Properties of Some Kinds of Radiation 164Glossary 165
 
Preface
This book grew out of a talk I gave at the dedication of theUndergraduate Science Center at Harvard in November1973. Erwin Glikes, president and publisher of Basic Books,heard of this talk from a mutual friend, Daniel Bell, andurged me to turn it into a book.At first I was not enthusiastic about the idea. Although Ihave done small bits of research in cosmology from time totime, my work has been much more concerned with thephysics of the very small, the theory of elementary particles.Also, elementary particle physics has been extraordinarilylively in the last few years, and I had been spending toomuch time away from it, writing non-technical articles forvarious magazines. I wanted very much to return full timeto my natural habitat, the
Physical Review.
However, I found that I could not stop thinking about theidea of a book on the early universe. What could be moreinteresting than the problem of Genesis? Also, it is in theearly universe, especially the first hundredth of a second, thatthe problems of the theory of elementary particles cometogether with the problems of cosmology. Above all, this isa good time to write about the early universe. In just the lastdecade a detailed theory of the course of events in the earlyuniverse has become widely accepted as a 'standard model'.It is a remarkable thing to be able to say just what theuniverse was like at the end of the first second or the firstminute or the first year. To a physicist, the exhilaratingthing is to be able to work things out numerically, to be ableto say that at such and such a time the temperature anddensity and chemical composition of the universe had such

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