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Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor Hardcover – 15 Jan 2019

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (15 Jan. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1324000910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1324000914
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Brian Keating's riveting new book tells the inside story of the search for cosmic origins, emphasizing the influence of Nobel dreams and laying bare the question of whether the lure of grand prizes is ultimately a good thing for science.--Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe<br \><br \>Visionary Brian Keating takes us along on a refreshing and honest journey to see how great discoveries are made and unmade. This is one of the greatest stories told in cosmology. I couldn't put it down!--Stephon Alexander, Professor of Physics, Brown University, jazz musician, and author of The Jazz of Physics<br \><br \>In this riveting personal account, Brian Keating writes frankly of his challenges, frustrations, and motivations during the years spent building and operating the instruments used to tackle one of the most fundamental problems in science: how our universe began.--Martin J. Rees, Astronomer Royal and author of Universe<br \><br \>Brian Keating's compulsively readable book shows us the human side of science: the passion, the competition, the jealousies, the mistakes, the triumphs, the heartbreaks. A first-hand account of how science happens at the very highest levels.--Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture<br \><br \>Brian Keating is a wonderful storyteller with a very good story to tell. His tale is provocative and evocative as he takes us on a highly personal journey to the heart of the scientific exploration of the universe.--Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute, and author of Time Reborn<br \><br \>I loved this well-told tale of science, passion, and the pursuit--literally to the ends of the earth--of life's purest questions. Brian Keating weaves together a must-read drama of big dreams, awe-inspiring technology, and a belief in the power of science to solve any puzzle. He is thoroughly modern and forward facing, questioning the veneration of the Nobel Prize, and making the case with his heartfelt story that the real prize is in the science itself.--Julian Guthrie, author of How to Make a Spaceship<br \><br \>Three fascinating tales entwine between these covers; a young man growing to scientific maturity, an elusive baby picture of our universe, and the prize he hoped that picture would garner. The story, enthralling as it is, remains unfinished.--Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair, SETI Institute<br \><br \>A fascinating blend of personal history and an honest behind-the-scenes look at high-stakes science. Brian Keating was at the origin of what appeared to be one of the most exciting discoveries in modern cosmology. His vivid storytelling brings humanity's search for the origin of the Universe to life. --Jay Pasachoff, author of Peterson Field Guide to the Stars and Planets

Cosmologists had thought that they had glimpsed a distant image of the first moments of the universe. Instead, this image turned out to be 'smudge on the window' galactic dust once again bedeviling cosmologists. Keating conveys this exciting search through a personal tale of the ups and downs of cutting edge science. --David Spergel, Professor, Princeton University, Co-Winner of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

A fascinating autobiographical account, full of intriguing detail, of the passions and inspirations that underlie the scientific quest to comprehend the nature and origins of our universe...A highly thoughtful and informative book. --Sir Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford and author of The Emperor's New Mind

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Brian Keating is a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego; a Fellow of the American Physical Society; a commercially rated pilot; and the director of the Simons Observatory. He received the 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his work on BICEP. He lives with his family in La Jolla, California.


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