Afterglow of Creation

Afterglow of Creation

From the Fireball to the Discovery of Cosmic Ripples

Book - 1996
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In Chown's acknowledgments, the astrophysicist and BBC broadcaster thanks his mother for talking to him as a baby and his father for waking him up to see the moon landing. The author makes good use of both his gifts of descriptive language and fascination with astronomy to create this lively tale of the 1965 discovery of the Big Bang's "afterglow" a background radiation providing an imprint of the Universe in its infancy. Besides offering insights into the science of the astronomy, astronomy's scientists are also telescoped in their discoveries, their misses, and the in-fighting between the two. Lacks a bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
This is the story of the cosmic background radiation, the "afterglow" of the Big Bang in which the Universe was born. Fifteen billion years after the event, the afterglow still permeates all of space, making it the oldest relic in creation and providing an imprint of the Universe as it was in its infancy.
But the most astonishing thing about the afterglow of creation is that it wasn't discovered until 1965, and then only by accident - despite the fact that it had been predicted in 1948 and the technology to detect it existed during World War II.
Chown brilliantly weaves a tale of the search for the origins of the Universe. Beginning in the 1920s and culminating with the flight of the COBE satellite and what it found, this book uncovers the secrets of the Universe.

Publisher: Sausalito, Calif. : University Science Books, [1996]
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780935702408
0935702407
Branch Call Number: 523.18 Ch 1996
Characteristics: xii, 222 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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