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Afterglow of Creation By Marcus Chown

Afterglow of Creation

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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.
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Afterglow of Creation: Decoding the message from the beginning of time by Marcus Chown

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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About Marcus Chown


Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. His most recent books are We Need to Talk About Kelvin, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead. He has also written a work for children, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.

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GOR002313747
Afterglow of Creation: Decoding the message from the beginning of time by Marcus Chown
Marcus Chown
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Faber & Faber
2010-01-21
288
0571250599
9780571250592
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