April 2, 2021

Steven Weinberg and Andrew Strominger

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library are thrilled to welcome Nobel Laureate STEVEN WEINBERG for a discussion of his groundbreaking work in physics and his books The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe and Third Thoughts: The Universe We Still Don't Know. He will be joined in conversation by ANDREW STROMINGER, prize-winning theoretical physicist and director of Harvard's Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature.


Our universe has been growing for nearly 14 billion years. But almost everything about it, from the elements that forged stars, planets, and lifeforms, to the fundamental forces of physics, can be traced back to what happened in just the first three minutes of its life.

In this book, Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg describes in wonderful detail what happened in these first three minutes. It is an exhilarating journey that begins with the Planck Epoch—the earliest period of time in the history of the universe—and goes through Einstein's Theory of Relativity, the Hubble Red Shift, and the detection of the Cosmic Microwave Background. These incredible discoveries all form the foundation for what we now understand as the "standard model" of the origin of the universe. The First Three Minutes examines not only what this model looks like, but also tells the exciting story of the bold thinkers who put it together.

Clearly and accessibly written, The First Three Minutes is a modern-day classic, an unsurpassed explanation of where it is we really come from.

About Author(s)

Steven Weinberg is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. His research on elementary particle physics and cosmology has been honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics, the National Medal of Science, the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the American Philosophical Society, the Dannie Heinemann Prize for Mathematical Physics, and numerous other awards. He has written over 300 scientific articles, and six treatises on general relativity, quantum field theory, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. Among his books for general readers are Dreams of a Final Theory and The First Three Minutes, and two collections of published essays, Facing Up: Science and its Cultural Adversaries, and Lake Views: This World and the Universe.

Andrew Strominger is the Gwill E. York Professor of Physics at Harvard University and a founding member of the Black Hole Initiative. He is a renowned theoretical physicist who has made pathbreaking contributions to classical and quantum gravity, quantum field theory and string theory. In recognition of his accomplishments, Strominger has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the 2016 Dannie Heineman Prize from the American Physical Society, and numerous other honors.