Short works

Books : reviews

Steven Weinberg.
Gravitation and Cosmology.
Wiley. 1972

Steven Weinberg.
The First Three Minutes.
Fontana. 1977

(read but not reviewed)

Richard P. Feynman, Steven Weinberg, eds.
Elementary Particles and the Laws of Physics: the 1986 Dirac Memorial Lectures.
CUP. 1987


Richard P. Feynman. The reason for antiparticles. 1987
Steven Weinberg. Towards the final laws of physics. 1987

Steven Weinberg.
Dreams of a Final Theory.
Hutchinson. 1993

Steven Weinberg.
To Explain the World: the discovery of modern science.
Harper Perennial. 2015

In this rich, irreverent, and compelling history, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg takes us across centuries, from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad and Oxford, from Plato’s Academy and the Museum of Alexandria to the cathedral school of Chartres and the Royal Society of London. He shows that the scientists of ancient and medieval times not only did not understand what we now know about the world but also did not understand what there is to understand, nor how to understand it.

Yet over the centuries, through the struggle to solve such mysteries as the curious backward movement of the planets or the rise and fall of the tides, the modern discipline of science eventually emerged. Along the way, Weinberg examines historic clashes and collaborations between science and the competing spheres of religion, technology, poetry, mathematics, and philosophy.

To Explain the World is an illuminating exploration of how we have come to consider and analyze the world around us.