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Very First Light: The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe

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ISBN13: 9780465015764
ISBN10: 046501576x
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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, COBEs 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 projects 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 spacecrafts 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.

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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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In 1989, NASA launched the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) spacecraft in hopes of confirming one of the most important theories in modern cosmology: that the universe is filled with a form of microwave energy that comes from the Big Bang.

Although nearly 1,500 people were involved on COBE — which was a great success — sole credit was taken by George Smoot, who breached the project's publication policy to win himself front-page headlines. In this fascinating work that brims with revealing interviews with key players — including Smoot — John Mather, COBE's chief project scientist, tells the real story of COBE and its controversy.

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steven.levin, October 3, 2006 (view all comments by steven.levin)
Not everyone would agree that Smoot attempted to claim sole credit. In his own book, Wrinkles In Time, (which was published before Mather's book was written), Smoot clearly gives credit to many others besides himself.
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ISBN:
9780465015764
Subtitle:
The True Inside Story Of The Scientific Journey Back To The Dawn Of The Universe
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Mather, John
Author:
Boslough, John
Location:
New York
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Cosmic background radiation
Subject:
General science
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
T398, T399.
Publication Date:
19981105
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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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.

"Synopsis" by , In 1989, NASA launched the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) spacecraft in hopes of confirming one of the most important theories in modern cosmology: that the universe is filled with a form of microwave energy that comes from the Big Bang.

Although nearly 1,500 people were involved on COBE — which was a great success — sole credit was taken by George Smoot, who breached the project's publication policy to win himself front-page headlines. In this fascinating work that brims with revealing interviews with key players — including Smoot — John Mather, COBE's chief project scientist, tells the real story of COBE and its controversy.

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