Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.66 pounds
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About the Author

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.


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
A compelling personal memoir, a fascinating history of cosmology, and an interesting firsthand account of a dramatic scientific adventure.
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
By losing the Nobel Prize, Keating... has led us to an even greater victory: the recognition that there are more important things in this Universe... than the fleeting glory of an earthly award.
[Keating] is a deft writer, interweaving the science with personal musings.--Ron Cowen
An engaging examination of challenges that scientists, especially cosmologists, face today.--Ramin Skibba
Engaging and accessible.... Science enthusiasts and scientists alike will enjoy delving into this exciting extragalactic drama.
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
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