[New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot


Wrinkles in Time

review Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ï George Smoot Wrinkles in Time Read Ö 104 Tory of George Smoot's dogged pursuit of the cosmic wrinkles in the frozen wastes of Antarctica on mountaintops in experiments borne aloft aboard high altitude balloons U 2 spy planes and finally a space satellite Wrinkles in Time presents the hard science behind the structured violence of the big bang theory through breathtakingly clear lucid images and meaningful comparisons Scientists and nonscientists alike can follow with rapt attention the story of how in a fiery creation wrinkles formed in space ultimately to become stars galaxies and even greater delicate structures Anyone can appreciate the implications of a universe whose end is written in its beginnings whose course developed according to a kind o. I found this book well written and provocative The author s description of time and its lack of smoothitude a word I just made up has occupied my thoughts a great deal since I read the book It s the sort of book that and this is the best compliment I can give made me want to have lunch with the author After The Rain the cosmic wrinkles in True Patriot Love the frozen wastes of Antarctica on mountaintops in experiments borne aloft aboard high altitude balloons U 2 spy planes and finally a space satellite Wrinkles in Time presents True Patriot Love the hard science behind Brother One Cell An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons the structured violence of Of What One Cannot Speak the big bang Shooting Ghosts theory Behaving Badly through breathtakingly clear lucid images and meaningful comparisons Scientists and nonscientists alike can follow with rapt attention Behaving Badly the story of how in a fiery creation wrinkles formed in space ultimately A Thousand Never Evers the implications of a universe whose end is written in its beginnings whose course developed according Breathe In Vino Veritas #2 to a kind o. I found Breathe In Vino Veritas #2 this book well written and provocative The author s description of A Fine Mess time and its lack of smoothitude a word I just made up has occupied my Mindkiller A Novel of the Near Future thoughts a great deal since I read The Garden of Small Beginnings the book It s The Creative Spark How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional the sort of book Thursday's Children that and Crow Memory The Blood Journals #15 this is A Hundred Summers the best compliment I can give made me want Full Contact to have lunch with Jejak Sang Petualang the author

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review Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ï George Smoot Wrinkles in Time Read Ö 104 In April 1992 a discovery was made that changed the way we view the world Dr George Smoot a distinguished cosmologist and adventurer whose uest for cosmic knowledge had taken him from the Brazilian rain forest to the South Pole unveiled his momentous discovery bringing to light the very nature of the universe For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered for anyone who has ever longed to pull aside the fabric of the universe for a glimpse of what lies behind it Wrinkles in Time is the story of Smoot's search to uncover the cosmic seeds of the universe Wrinkles in Time is the Double Helix of cosmology an intimate look at the inner world of men and women who ask Why are we here It tells the s. I am warned that I should take this book with a pinch of salt since Smoot may not be telling us the whole truth and nothing but the truth But dammit I want to believe him This is what science should be like go out and look for the data no matter what it costs you At several points you just can t help comparing him with Indiana JonesSmoot started off in the early 70s as a particle physicist where the norm was already for people to work together in big teams But he was ambitious and thought he d never get anywhere as an anonymous member of a giant collaboration He looked around and got interested in observational cosmology which was finally starting to take off In particular he was greatly influenced by Peebles s book on the subject People had just found the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation the faint radiation coming from all over the sky that was generally assumed to come from the Big Bang but no one knew much about it Peebles urged researchers to find out Smoot started doing cosmology though he didn t immediately get involved with the CMBR His first project was an attempt to detect antimatter atoms in cosmic rays which at the time was another hot topic some people thought there was a lot of antimatter out there just waiting to be discovered Maybe there were antimatter suns with antimatter planets orbiting them This is for example the premise of Jack Williamson s SF novel Seetee Ship Now it s hard to remember that it was ever than science fiction but then it was taken seriously Smoot set out to look for antimatter in cosmic rays flying experiments in balloons to get them high enough to have a chance of catching something There were all sorts of exotic accidents One balloon crashes on a farm in the Badlands and they have to retrieve the tapes from the wreckage At the end they have tens of thousands of events recorded and they analyze them all to try and figure out if they ve found any antimatter They can explain every event as normal with one single exception as far as they can see it s possible that it s antimatter But the odds are only three to one in their favor so they decide to run a bunch balloon experiments They never find another possible antimatter event so it s a negative result but an interesting one which or less refutes the idea that there are antimatter starsAs you can see Smoot is a careful guy who knows how to get things done He then starts a new project which finally does get to looking at the CMBR he wants to use it to establish a universal frame of reference so that he can measure the absolute velocity of the Earth Everyone tells him this can t be done since it means measuring temperature differences in the CMBR of around a thousandth of a degree and there is no way to fly the experiment But Smoot has heard that old U 2 spy planes are possibly being made available for scientific research purposes he works his connections he persuades people to do the incredibly tricky engineering and he gets data which indicates that the Earth s velocity indeed our galaxy s velocity is far greater than it should be which has many interesting conseuences for cosmology Unfortunately skeptics argue that it could be a false signal and the only way to find out is to redo the experiment in the Southern Hemisphere He somehow ships everything down to Peru bribes and wheedles his way into getting approval and collects his data It turns out that the signal is genuineI haven t even got to the COBE satellite mission the high point of the book but you get the picture In a way I don t care if Smoot is stretching the truth or exaggerating his role I think people like him are essential when you have a new field that s just opening up another example that springs to mind is Galileo clearly one of his heroes Smoot advanced the state of our understanding of the universe a great deal by being willing to do whatever it took to find answers to uestions that many people thought were too difficult to investigate He learned tricky theoretical ideas and turned them into concrete experiments he put together crack teams of engineers and forced them to build devices with ridiculous levels of robustness and accuracy he sat in budget meetings and persuaded people who didn t like him to give him money and when necessary he went in person to the jungle or the South Pole to get the observations he needed And all the time he was careful never to believe he d found something when it was possible that all he had was wishful thinking He tried his damnedest to eliminate uncertainties and at one point towards the end of the COBE project he offered a substantial reward to any member of the team who could show why the current results were not correct Maybe he wasn t 100% honest but neither was Galileo For my money Smoot will go down in history as another truly first rate experimental scientist

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review Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ï George Smoot Wrinkles in Time Read Ö 104 F cosmic DNA which guided the universe from simplicity and symmetry to ever greater complexity and structure As controversial as it may seem today Wrinkles in Time reveals truths that in an earlier century would have doomed its proclaimers to the fiery stake For four thousand years some people have accepted the Genesis account of cosmic origin; for most of this century scientists debated two rival scientific explanations known as the steady state and big bang theories And now Wrinkles in Time tells what really happened The personal story behind astrophysicist George Smoot's incredible discovery of the origin of the cosmos hailed by Stephen Hawking as The scientific discovery of the century if not of all time. I finally got around to reading this because it was referenced in About Time This was not nearly so well written but it was an interesting companion read nonethelessBoth book cover some of the same background bringing the reader up to speed on certain necessary concepts and the history of astronomy and cosmology The focus here is a bit narrow however as well it should be since the author is dealing with the story of his own contributions to the science rather than providing an overview Still it felt a bit disjointed jumping through history seemingly at random to set up elements of what amounts to Smoot s professional biography as much as if not than the story of the COBE project and its sister studiesNevertheless that personal touch made it a well personal story which assuredly is less dry than the usual science book Astronomy can seem like a very straightforward study and not particularly exciting in any way other than the wonder of the stars but the stories of Smoot s failures as well as successes and the obstacles financial administrative and competitive he and his fellows faced lend an air of urgency that scientific discovery tales often lackNot to mention that I now have a much better understanding of the then current evidence for and against the standard big bang theory of the origin of the cosmos The two books together served well to stitch the fabric of space time together in my mind in a way my academic studies never did

  • Paperback
  • 360
  • Wrinkles in Time
  • George Smoot
  • English
  • 21 March 2018
  • 9780380720446

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  1. says: [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot George Smoot Ï 4 Read review Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ï George Smoot

    [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot I am warned that I should take this book with a pinch of salt since Smoot may not be telling us the whole truth and nothing but the truth But dammit I want to believe him This is what science should be like go out and look for the data no matter what it costs you At several points you just can't help comparing him with

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    [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot review Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ï George Smoot review Wrinkles in Time This was a good introduction to the pop aspects of uantum fluctuation COBE's confirmation of uadrapolar background radiation following Penzias and Wilson's discovery of the isotropic 2725K CMBR as immortalized on the back of an XKCD shirt I bought the day of release the front reads SCIENCE IT WORKS BITCHES Huzzah Popular garb down at the Institute of Technology and the exciting cosmological research of the late twentieth centur

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    [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot I really enjoyed this book First I have a story of how I found this book I love these kinds of stories We love the Big Bang Theory sit com on CBS We find the writing exceptional the characters endearing and the situations hysterical I also love that they really work hard to make the science authentic by having a scienti

  4. says: [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot George Smoot Ï 4 Read

    [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot I found this book well written and provocative The author's description of time and its lack of smoothitude a word I just made up has occupied my thoughts a great deal since I read the book It's the sort of book

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    review Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ï George Smoot [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot Almost everything in this book is true My lawyer strongly suggests I should leave it at that

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    review Wrinkles in Time George Smoot Ï 4 Read [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot Taming the Cosmic ZooWritten primarily for the layman reader Wrinkles in Time nevertheless attracted a lot of attention from the acad

  7. says: review Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ï George Smoot [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot George Smoot Ï 4 Read

    review Wrinkles in Time [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot I finally got around to reading this because it was referenced in About Time This was not nearly so well written but it was an interesting companion read nonethelessBoth book cover some of the same background bringing the reader up to speed on certain necessary concepts and the history of astronomy and cosmology The focus

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    review Wrinkles in Time [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot Spoiler Alert COBE totally gives viable evidence of inflationary theoryThis book is an accounting of science as it ought to be done George Smoot was the project head of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite that in the early nineties mapped the radiation discovered by Penzias and Wilson in 1964 COBE's discovery of Wrinkles in this radiatio

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    review Wrinkles in Time [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot As someone who is interested in cosmology and astronomy I found this book to be very interesting Smoot does a very good job of explaining the history of cosmology and the background to COBE his satellite to study the cosmic microwave background radiation He also adds a little bit of personal experiences to lighten the tone so it's not ALL sci

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    George Smoot Ï 4 Read [New] (Wrinkles in Time) BY George Smoot Loved it but then I'm a nerdy geek or maybe a geeky nerd I thought it was a good straight forward read on what was known when and then what was done to add to the knowledge base The end result is that the cosmic background radiation once thought to be uniform is not really uniform but patchy And the patches are where the

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