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To Show For All show for all time and effort but a footnote on someone else s paper Apparently scientific research is not for the faint of heart Two years after launching the COBE Satellite Smoot found himself in Antarctica checking on his satellite s telemetry and verifying his theory He and his team would work together in preparation for going public with his findings to the American Physical Society in 1992 Even with all his work there would still be some controversy about the Big Bang and his evidence for Wrinkles In The Cosmic Background Radiation But That S How Science the cosmic background radiation But that s how science and Smoot and Davidson cover it all in this wonderful book If and Davidson cover it all in this wonderful book If r at all interested in Cosmology and what it takes to make a paradigm changing theory then this book may be right up your alley Wrinkles in Time is profusely illustrated with numerous charts graphs and schematic drawings along with archival and personal photo s BW and color too For me this was a very satisfying read and a close look at some historic moments in scienceLast Ranger I really enjoyed this book First I have a story of how I found this book I love these inds 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 scientific consultant They also have very impressive cameo appearances by well now members of the scientific community In one episode our beloved characters are on a train on the way to a conference in Pasadena On the train Leonard is reading a book by George Smoot the man they are going to the conference to see The book is Wrinkles in Time I m intrigued by the book and the play on the title of the beloved Madeline L Engle book I loved this book I can t say that I completely understood it but I found it incredibly interesting and written for a layperson to understand It really makes me want to read and understand 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 radiation gives a beautiful picture of what the universe must have looked like only 300000 years after the Big Bang So yes dramatic evidence of a cosmological theory is always interesting you say but you ve read A Brief History of Time and you don t really need to now anything about inflationary theory This book is not about inflationary theoryThis book is about doing research It is about designing a satellite to be launched by the space shuttle only to have the Challenger explode and shuttles put on indefinite hold It is about working obsessively to make every carefully designed instrument half of its original size in order to fit it on a Delta rocket This book is about traveling to Antarctica for a month in order to rule out every other possibility before publishing your extremely promising data Therefore I would argue that this book isn t just about finding extremely compelling scientific information this book is about conducting reasonable responsible resplendent science I highly recommend it Almost everything in this book is true My lawyer strongly suggests I should leave it at that 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 century On the con side Smoot is a ruthless self propagandist with an ego the size of the observable universe necessary it seems to work at LBNL his constant self congratulation was already nauseating to read at 16 although not so bad as Michio Kaku When I went back and reread this a few years ago nowing much about the drama and intrigues behind COBE especially as exposed around the 2006 awarding of Smoot s deserved Nobel prize it made me physically illThis book is worth reading and George Smoot s one hell of a scientist but this could all have been done a lot better Check out John Mather s book The Very First Light for the rest of the story. 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 nown 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.
George Smoot Ë 7 SummaryThan 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 thatnew field that s just opening up
example that to mind is Galileo clearly one of his Smoot 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 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 science speak And then he rounds it off by talking about the experiment and its findings The book is not very difficult to read like some science books can beI noticed that another reviewer made the comment that Smoot is very self congratulatory I would have to agree that by his writing he thinks very highly of himself and his accomplishment But I did not find this to be distracting He was proud of what he had done and rightly so this tone did not detract from the book for me Taming the Cosmic ZooWritten primarily for the layman reader Wrinkles in Time nevertheless attracted a lot of attention from the academic world as well The authors Nobel Laureate George Smoot and award winning journalist Keay Davidson chronicle a paradigm changing discovery in Cosmology the texture of the early universe Part personal memoir and part science history Smoot shares his thoughts and insights on the efforts to solve the cosmic mystery of the Big Bang and why the Universe is filled with planets stars and galaxies While this is not a cosmological text book it does offer up some complex scientific concepts and gives an in depth journal of how scientists work with and compete with one another Starting out in the heady days before the 20th Century Smoot sheds light on some early workers in astronomy and their ground breaking discoveries Anyone who has read Sagan s Cosmos or Tyson s Origins may find themselves in some familiar territory here but Smoot s covers it in a fresh way so that it doesn t come across as repetitive How did people arrive at the concepts of an evolving as opposed to a static universe Who were some of these early workers and how did society judge them The book really takes off when it cover Smoot s efforts prior to his days on the COBE Mission His work on the Echo projects and his flights on the U 2 aircraft were for him both fruitful and frustrating Doing research with High altitude balloons had him and his colleagues on the edge of their seats His memories of where he was and what he was doing during the Challenger Disaster and other important moments in science add a personal touch to some historic moments It s not enough just to make scientific discoveries you must decide when and how to publish your findings Too soon and you might overlook vital information or miss minor errors too late and other teams might scoop you by reaching the same conclusions as yours You 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 ind ,another example that to mind is Galileo clearly one of his heroes
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M A Geek Ora nerdy geek or geeky nerd I thought it was a good straight forward read on what was nown when and then what was done to add to the nowledge 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 galaxies were formed which leads to the present day non uniformity of the distribution of galaxies 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 onwas an interesting companion read nonethelessBoth book cover some of the same background bringing the reader up to speed on 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 wel 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 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 new 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 The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes 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. 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 cosmicnowledge 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