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Afterglow of Creation

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Decoding the Message from the Beginning of Time

Marcus Chown

ISBN: 9780571250592
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Edition: Main

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It's in the air around you. It carries with it a baby photo of the Universe. Its discoverers mistook it for pigeon droppings yet still won the Nobel Prize.

Afterglow of Creation tells the story of the biggest cosmological discovery of the last hundred years: the afterglow of the big bang. The result of this find was a 'baby photo' of the universe …






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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