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Losing the Nobel Prize: a story of cosmology, ambition, and the perils of science's highest honor

Losing the Nobel Prize: a story of cosmology, ambition, and the perils of science's highest honor
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Dewey Class 523.1 (DDC 23.)
Title Losing the Nobel Prize (M) : a story of cosmology, ambition, and the perils of science's highest honor / Brian Keating
Author Keating, Brian
Publication New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company , 2018
Physical Details xxi, 326 pages : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781324000914
Summary Note The inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology's biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize. What would it have been like to be an eyewitness to the Big Bang? In 2014, astronomers wielding BICEP2, the most powerful cosmology telescope ever made, thought they'd glimpsed the spark that ignited the Big Bang. Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement, and Nobel whispers began to spread. But had these cosmologists truly read the cosmic prologue or, driven by ambition in pursuit of Nobel gold, had they been deceived by a galactic mirage? In Losing the Nobel Prize, cosmologist Brian Keating--who first conceived of the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) experiments--tells the inside story of BICEP2's detection and the ensuing scientific drama. Along the way, Keating provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize actually hampers scientific progress by encouraging speed and competition while punishing inclusivity, collaboration, and bold innovation. To build on BICEP2's efforts to reveal the cosmos' ultimate secrets--indeed, to advance science itself--the Nobel Prize must be radically reformed.:
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