Afterglow of Creation: From the Fireball to the Discovery of Cosmic Ripples by Marcus Chown, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Afterglow of Creation: From the Fireball to the Discovery of Cosmic Ripples

Afterglow of Creation: From the Fireball to the Discovery of Cosmic Ripples

by Marcus Chown
     
 

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Library Journal
Throughout the 20th century, cosmological theory has been significantly revised every five to ten years. Chown's book, first published in England, is excellent for lay readers trying to keep up with these changes. It begins in 1924 with Hubble's discovery of galaxies and continues through the 1992 discovery of extremely distant remnants of the Big Bangso-called "wrinkles in time." Well received overseas, this book was nominated the prestigious Rhone Poulenc prize for science writing. Very readable, even somewhat breezy, Chown's work compares most closely with Barry Parker's Vindication of the Big Bang (Plenum, 1994). Either could serve as a novice introduction to this complex subject.Gregg Sapp, Univ. of Miami Lib., Coral Gables, Fl.
Booknews
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. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935702408
Publisher:
University Science Books
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.94(d)

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