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Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation
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Epic book online Books by: George Smoot, Keay Davidson In April a discovery was made that changed the way we view the world Dr Smoot distinguished cosmologist and adventurer whose quest 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 i Wrinkles in Time i is the story of Smoot s search to uncover the cosmic seeds of the universe br br i Wrinkles in Time i is the i Double Helix i of cosmology an intimate look at the inner world of men and women who ask Why are we here It tells the story 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 spy planes amp finally a space satellite br br i Wrinkles in Time i 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 structures Anyone can appreciate the implications of a universe whose end is written in its beginnings whose course developed according to a kind of cosmic DNA which guided the universe from simplicity and symmetry to ever greater complexity and structure br br As controversial as it may seem today i Wrinkles in Time i reveals truths that in an earlier century would have doomed its proclaimers to the fiery stake For four thousand years some have accepted the Genesis account of cosmic origins for most of this century scientists debated two rival scientific explanations known as the steady state and big bang theories And now i Wrinkles in Time i tells what really happened br br b pages of color photographs br line drawings br br George Smoot b attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his B A in mathematics and physics in and his Ph D in Since he has worked on NASA s Cosmic Background Explorer COBE satellite leading the instrument team that detected cosmic seeds A researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory he is also a member of the Center for Particle Astrophysics and the Space Sciences Laboratory both at the University of California Berkeley br br b Keay Davidson b is an award winning science writer for the i San Francisco Examiner i He also writes a popular weekly syndicated column Down to a Science He lives in San Francisco br br u b Table of Contents b u br Preface br Chapter In the beginning br Chapter The dark night sky br Chapter The expanding universe br Chapter Cosmological conflict br Chapter In search of antiworlds br Chapter Spy in the sky br Chapter A different universe br Chapter The heart of darkness br Chapter The inflationary universe br Chapter The promise of space br Chapter COBE The Aftermath br Chapter First glimpse of wrinkles br Chapter An awful place to do science br Chapter Toward the ultimate question br Appendix Contributors to COBE br To Dig Deeper Further Readings br Acknowledgments br Index

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