Introduction: The World Through Microwave Eyes

 

 

 

Part One: The Toughest Measurement In Science

 

 

 

Chapter 1:    The Big Bang

How Did We Come To Believe In Such A Ridiculous Idea?

 

Chapter 2:    The Restless Universe

How Einstein Missed The Message In His Own Equations

 

Chapter 3:    The Primeval Fireball

Cooking Up The Elements In A Hot Big Bang

 

Chapter 4:    Taking The Temperature Of The Universe

The Search For The Fireball Radiation

 

Chapter 5:    The Ghost Signal At 4080 Megacycles

Problems With An Icecream Cone Antenna

 

Chapter 6:    A Tale Of Two Telephone Calls

How The Fireball Radiation Came To Be Found

 

Chapter 7:    Afterglow Of Creation

Why Did Nobody Find The Fireball Radiation Earlier?

 

Chapter 8:    The Toughest Measurement In Science

Twenty-Five Years Of Ill-Fated Experiments

 

Chapter 9:    Bumps But No Wiggles

The Cosmic Background Throws Up Some Puzzles

 

 

 

Part Two: The Golden Age Of Cosmology

 

 

 

Chapter 10:  An Eye Above The Atmosphere

Nasa Decides To Nail The Problem Once And For All

 

Chapter 11:  The Nine-Minute Spectrum

COBE Gets A Standing Ovation

 

Chapter 12:  Cosmic Ripples

COBE Finds The Seeds Of Galaxies

 

Chapter 13:  The Hype And The Hysteria

How The COBE Results Became Front-Page News

 

Chapter 14:  The Universe According To COBE

Galaxy Formation, Inflation And Dark Matter

 

Chapter 15:  The Golden Age Of Cosmology

Life After COBE

 

 

 

Epilogue:      Wrinkles In Time