xxi, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-312) and index.
Introduction : a Noble will -- Reading the cosmic prologue -- Losing my religions -- A brief history of time machines -- The bigger the bang, the bigger the problems -- Broken lens 1 : the Nobel Prize's credit problem -- Ashes to ashes -- The spark that ignited the Big Bang -- BICEP : the ultimate time machine -- Heroes of fire, heroes of ice -- Broken lens 2 : the Nobel Prize's cash problem -- Elation! -- Inflation and its discontents -- Broken lens 3 : the Nobel Prize's collaboration problem -- Deflation -- Poetry for physicists -- Restoring Alfred's vision -- Epilogue : an ethical will.
The inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology's biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize. What would it have been like to be an eyewitness to the Big Bang? In 2014, astronomers wielding BICEP2, the most powerful cosmology telescope ever made, thought they'd glimpsed the spark that ignited the Big Bang. Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement, and Nobel whispers began to spread. But had these cosmologists truly read the cosmic prologue or, driven by ambition in pursuit of Nobel gold, had they been deceived by a galactic mirage? In Losing the Nobel Prize, cosmologist Brian Keating--who first conceived of the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) experiments--tells the inside story of BICEP2's detection and the ensuing scientific drama. Along the way, Keating provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize actually hampers scientific progress by encouraging speed and competition while punishing inclusivity, collaboration, and bold innovation. To build on BICEP2's efforts to reveal the cosmos' ultimate secrets--indeed, to advance science itself--the Nobel Prize must be radically reformed. -- Provided by publisher.