The Very First Light

The Very First Light

The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe

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Baker & Taylor
A NASA insider on the Cosmic Background Explorer spacecraft project tells the story of how, despite the work of hundreds of people, one scientist, George Smoot, grabbed all the headlines and glory. National ad/promo.

Perseus Publishing
In 1990 and 1992, a NASA-led team of scientists from the COBE project changed the way we view the universe. They showed that the microwave radiation that fills the universe must have come from the Big Bang itself—effectively proving this theory beyond any doubt. It was one of the greatest scientific findings of our generation, perhaps of all time.In this no-holds-barred account, COBE’s originator and Project Scientist, John Mather, and science writer John Boslough provide the intimate and startling details of how big science is done today. They tell of the discovery of the cosmic background radiation and of the fifteen-year struggle to design, build and launch the COBE satellite, including the unwelcome controversy when one team member breached the project’s publication policy and stepped into the limelight alone.The Very First Light presents a rarely seen inside account of the world of big science, where cooperation and competition battle for supremacy. At the height of the project, more than 1,500 scientists, engineers, designers, and support staff worked on the spacecraft. The project was especially difficult because two of the three instruments were cooled to within a few degrees of absolute zero.When the Challenger exploded in 1986, the shuttle program was grounded indefinately, leaving the COBE with no route to space. The last available Delta rocket was approved for the mission, but now the team had to slash the spacecraft’s five-ton weight in half. The story of this feat provides a remarkable behind-the-scenes look into the high-stakes, frenetic world of a big science project and NASA itself.The Very First Light is a portrait of science no serious reader will want to miss.

The inside story behind one of the most important cosmological findings of our generation, the mapping of the cosmic background radiation, by the leader of the scientific team that made the discovery.


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A chronicling of the discovery of the microwave energy believed to be the remnant of the Big Bang and the development of the COBE spacecraft to prove its origin. Mather (leader of the COBE project at NASA) and Boslough (a science writer) combine forces to create a readable account of the controversies, delays, and passions involved with the satellite project, culminating in the public disclosure of its discoveries that proved the cosmic origin of the radiation and the additional discovery of the primordial seeds that would one day grow into galaxies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
In 1990 and 1992, a NASA-led team of scientists from the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) project changed the way we view the universe. They showed that microwave radiation that fills the universe has an exquisite perfection that proves it came from the Big Bang itself. Even more spectacularly, they found tiny variations in its brightness that come from quantum sound waves in that great explosion, primordial seeds that would nucleate the growth of galaxies and make our own existence possible. Their discoveries drew standing ovations from scientists and made headlines around the world.
In this no-holds-barred account, COBE's Project Scientist and originator John C. Mather and science writer John Boslough furnish intimate and startling details. They tell of the discovery of the cosmic background radiation and of the subsequent fifteen-year struggle to design, build, and launch the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite. An eye-opening, riveting account with rare narrative verve, The Very First Light tells the story of COBE from start to finish, including an unwelcome controversy when one team member breached the project's publication policy and stepped into the limelight alone.

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Tells the story of the Cosmic Background Explorer project, detailing its origins, the struggles to keep the project alive, and the successful experiments which confirmed the Big Bang theory

Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, [1996]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780465015757
0465015751
Branch Call Number: 523.18 Ma 1996
Characteristics: xxi, 328 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Boslough, John

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