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Description - Echo of the Big Bang by Michael D. Lemonick

A tight-knit, high-powered group of scientists and engineers spent eight years building a satellite designed, in effect, to take a fingerprint of the universe. Launched in 2001, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) reported its first results two years later with a set of brilliant observations that added focus, detail, and insight to our formerly fuzzy view of the cosmos. Michael Lemonick, who had exclusive access to the researchers as WMAP gathered its data on the microwave afterglow of the Big Bang, here tells the full story of WMAP and describes its revelations. This book is both a personal and a scientific tale of discovery. In its pages, readers will come to know the science of cosmology and the people who, seventy-five years after we first learned that the universe is expanding, deciphered some of its deepest mysteries in the patterns of its oldest light.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691122427
ISBN-10: 0691122423
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 4-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael D. Lemonick

Michael D. Lemonick is a senior science writer at "Time" magazine, where he has written more than forty cover stories on a wide range of science-related topics. He has also written for "Discover", "Playboy", and other publications. His books include "The Light at the Edge of the Universe" (Villard) and "Other Worlds" (Simon & Schuster).

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