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Afterglow of Creation: Decoding the Message from the Beginning of Time
 
 
Author
Marcus Chown.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780571250592
Pages/Publication Date 256/2010
Daedalus Item Code 32665
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Stephen Hawking described it as "the discovery of the century, if not of all time." Yet when radio astronomers Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson first detected the microwave radiation that was identified as the afterglow of the big bang, in 1964, they had to admit that it was more by accident than intention—they first blamed pigeon droppings in their radio telescope for the unexpected signal. Also the author of We Need to Talk About Kelvin, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, and The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead, Marcus Chown gives us a remarkably clear and entertaining baby picture of the universe in this fully revised edition of his first popular science book, from 1993.

"Chown superbly captures the spirit of scientific endeavor.... The story is told with panache and the science is so well explained it makes an effortless read. Afterglow of Creation is upbeat, witty and informed."—Sunday Times (London)

"It's a long time since this reviewer has read a popular science book that so accurately communicates the science involved while maintaining the reader's interest through the beauty of the written word.... Afterglow excels at portraying science as a human endeavor where personalities, ideas, egos, politics and money all mix.... This book should be in every middle school, high school and public library and on the shelves of anyone interested in either astronomy or the nature of science. It is a wonderful story, brilliantly told."—Science Teacher (a journal of the National Science Teachers Association)

 
 
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