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A wise, personal, and wide-ranging meditation on science and society by the Nobel Prize-winning author of To Explain the World.

For more than four decades, one of the most captivating and celebrated science communicators of our time has challenged the public to think carefully about the foundations of nature and the inseparable entanglement of science and society. In Third Thoughts, Steven Weinberg casts a wide net: from the cosmological to the personal, from astronomy, quantum mechanics, and the history of science to the limitations of current knowledge, the art of discovery, and the rewards of getting things wrong.

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and author of the classic The First Three Minutes, Weinberg shares his views on some of the most fundamental and fascinating aspects of physics and the universe. But he does not seclude science behind disciplinary walls or shy away from politics, taking on what he sees as the folly of manned spaceflight, the harms of inequality, and the importance of public goods. His point of view is rationalist, realist, reductionist, and devoutly secularist.

Weinberg is that great rarity, a prize-winning physicist who is entertaining and accessible. The essays in Third Thoughts, some of which appear here for the first time, will engage, provoke, and inform - and never lose sight of the human dimension of scientific discovery and its consequences for our endless drive to probe the workings of the cosmos.

©2018 Steven Weinberg (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A glimpse into a brilliant mind

A superb collection of essays by this great thinker. The late great Stephen Weinberg has a way of explaining complex subjects with ease. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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third thoughts

a little laboured to start but we'll intonation and controlled. A good orator and an unassuming piece of work

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Great points and reminder

Example that the information you've seeking is out there, you just need to look for it.
Their is something faster than the speed of light. I know how? Because I used it and will again...
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Excellent

S. W. is a beautiful essayist and theoretical scientist plus his ultimate point in his penultimate essay rhymes with my own lifelong understanding that without the arts there is no civilization. Love always

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  • 04-04-21

Dull and Uninspired

Essays that remind me of my high school physics teacher... the dullest instructor in history.

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  • 15-11-20

Great!

a fantastic piece of work & analysis of many essential issues! There's no BS science. There's no condescending tone. Very recondite subject matters are clearly explained!

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  • Dave in San Diego
  • 08-01-22

No need to have a PhD in physics.

Extremely well written and very well read. Mister Weinberg succeeds in making the abstract counter intuitive ideas behind quantum physics a good deal clearer, at least to someone with my limited intelligence.

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  • 11-10-21

A worthwhile book

Irrespective of whether you agree with his ideas, Steven Weinberg conveys in this compilation of articles fetching points of view about the history of science, state-of-the-art physics and cosmology, metaphysics, or public matters. Pieces about the standard model of particle physics might turn out to be challenging for the average reader.

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  • Clint Harman
  • 20-12-20

Not what I expected

I was expecting scientific insight. I got sour grapes by an academic dunderhead who doesn’t accept that manned space flight is the primary emotional foundation for all federal spending on science.