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Author Peebles, P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin)

Title Finding the big bang / P. James E. Peebles, Lyman A. Page, Jr., and R. Bruce Partridge
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 571 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Introduction -- A guide to modern cosmology -- Origins of the cosmology of the 1960s -- Recollections of the 1960s -- Cosmology and the CMBR since the 1960s -- Appendix -- Glossary
Summary Cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole, has become a precise physical science, the foundation of which is our understanding of the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR) left from the big bang. The story of the discovery and exploration of the CMBR in the 1960s is recalled for the first time in this collection of 44 essays by eminent scientists who pioneered the work. Two introductory chapters put the essays in context, explaining the general ideas behind the expanding universe and fossil remnants from the early stages of the expanding universe. The last chapter describes how the confusion of ideas and measurements in the 1960s grew into the present tight network of tests that demonstrate the accuracy of the big bang theory. This book is valuable to anyone interested in how science is done, and what it has taught us about the large-scale nature of the physical universe
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 531-560) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Big bang theory.
Cosmic background radiation.
Form Electronic book
Author Page, Lyman A.
Partridge, R. B.
ISBN 0511626509 (electronic bk.)
051171940X (electronic bk.)
9780511626500 (electronic bk.)
9780511719400 (electronic bk.)