Afterglow of Creation

Marcus Chown

Afterglow of Creation: Decoding the message from the beginning of time in a fully revised and updated new edition of Marcus Chown’s widely acclaimed first work of popular science.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571250592
Date Published
21.01.2010
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Summary

Stephen Hawking described it as ‘the discovery of the century, if not of all time’, yet the scientists who first detected the cosmic radiation that was identified as the afterglow of the big bang had to admit that it was more by accident than intention. At first its discoverers mistook the readings for the disruption caused by the droppings of pigeons that had nested in their telescope, and yet they went on to win the Nobel prize.

In the mid-1990s New Scientist writer Marcus Chown drove across America to interview the key scientists who had made this astonishing discovery. Their account and Chown’s description of their achievement was published to much acclaim. But now, over a decade later, in this new and fully revised edition he goes behind the hype and the hysteria to provide a clear and lively explanation of one of the biggest discoveries in modern science – and a brilliant picture of what happened next.

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Marcus Chown is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is now cosmology consultant for the New Scientist. His acclaimed books include What a Wonderful World, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, We Need to Talk about Kelvin and The Ascent of Gravity (Sunday Times Science Book of the…

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