Omeone else s paper Apparently scientific research is not for the faint of heart Two years after aunching 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 works and Smoot and Davidson cover it all in this wonderful book If you 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 ook at some historic moments in scienceLast Ranger 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 ittle bit of personal experiences to The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness 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 readike 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 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 ate 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 knowing 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 ot better Check out John Mather s book The Very First Light for the rest of the story Almost everything in this book is true My Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) lawyer strongly suggests I shouldeave it at that Spoiler Alert. 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 ucid 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 kind
I really enjoyed this book First I have a story of how I found this book I ove these kinds of stories We Save the Cupcake! love the Big Bang Theory sit com on CBS We find the writing exceptional the characters endearing and the situations hysterical I alsoove that they really work hard to make the science authentic by having a scientific consultant They also have very impressive cameo appearances by well know 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 Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, loved this book I can t say that I completely understood it but I found it incredibly interesting and written for aayperson to understand It really makes me want to read and understand Taming the Cosmic ZooWritten primarily for the Tressed to Kill layman reader Wrinkles in Time nevertheless attracted aot 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 ight 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 ate and other teams might scoop you by reaching the same conclusions as yours You and your whole team could end up as also rans with nothing to show for all your time and effort but a footnote on 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 cosmic knowledge had taken him from the Brazilian rain forest to the South Pole unveiled his momentous discovery bringing to The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev light the very nature of the universe For anyone who has everooked up at the night sky and wondered for anyone who has ever onged to pull aside the fabric of the universe for a glimpse of what ies 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 ook at the inner world of men and women who ask Why are we here It tells the
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 Cosm 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 ike go out and ook 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 ooked 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 Mic I found this book well written and provocative The author s description of time and its The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School 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 haveunch with the author 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 on certain 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 well personal story which assuredly is ess dry than the usual science book Astronomy can seem ike a very straightforward study and not particularly exciting in any way other than the wonder of the stars but the stories of Smoot s failures as well as successes and the obstacles financial administrative and competitive he and his fellows faced The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School lend an air of urgency that scientific discovery tales oftenackNot to mention that I now have a much better understanding of the then current evidence for and against the standard big bang theory of the origin of the cosmos The two books together served well to stitch the fabric of space time together in my mind in a way my academic studies never did Loved it but then I m a nerdy geek or maybe a geeky nerd I thought it was a good straight forward read on what was known when and then what was done to add to the knowledge base The end result is that the cosmic background radiation once thought to be uniform is not really un. 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 known 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 Fitzgerald Smoot III is an American astrophysicist cosmologist Nobel laureate and 1 million TV uiz show prize winner Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer with John C Mather that led to the discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiationThis work hel