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Title Losing the Nobel Prize : a story of cosmology, ambition, and the perils of science's highest honor / Brian Keating.
Author Keating, Brian (Brian Gregory), author.
Publication New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Description 1 online resource (xxi, 326 pages)
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Summary 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Reading the cosmic prologue -- Losing my religion -- 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 ignite 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 it's discontents -- Broken lens 3: The Nobel prize's collaboration problem -- Deflation -- Poetry for physicists -- Restoring Alfred's vision -- An ethical wall.
Note Print version record.
Subject Big bang theory.
Astronomy -- Awards.
Science -- Methodology.
Nobel Prizes.
Astronomy -- Awards. (OCoLC)fst01750466
Big bang theory. (OCoLC)fst00831589
Cosmology. (OCoLC)fst00880600
Nobel Prizes. (OCoLC)fst01038249
Science -- Methodology. (OCoLC)fst01108313
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Keating, Brian (Brian Gregory). Losing the Nobel Prize. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018] 9781324000914 (DLC) 2017057199 (OCoLC)988276677
ISBN 9781324000921 (electronic bk.)
1324000929 (electronic bk.)

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