Title Losing the Nobel Prize
Subtitle A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor
Author Brian Keating
ISBN 9780393357394
List price USD 17.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 368
Book size 140 x 210 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
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“An engaging examination of challenges that scientists, especially cosmologists, face today.”

Ramin Skibba , Undark


“Part adventure story, part cautionary tale, Brian Keating’s Losing the Nobel Prize is that rare thing among popular science books—a page-turner.”

Rae Armantrout, professor emerita, University of California, San Diego, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Versed


“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


“By losing the Nobel Prize, Keating and BICEP2 has led us to an even greater victory: the recognition that there are more important things in this Universe, like scientific truths, than the fleeting glory of an earthly award.”



“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


“[Keating] is a deft writer, interweaving the science with personal musings.”



“A riveting account of the rise and fall of the seeming confirmation of the cosmological theory of inflation... Keating offers vivid profiles of the personalities involved in shaping our modern view of the universe.”



“Charming and clever, Losing the Nobel Prize bounces between clear explanations of nitty-gritty science, accounts of personal relationships and historical lessons.”



“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


“Engaging and accessible.… Science enthusiasts and scientists alike will enjoy delving into this exciting extragalactic drama.”

Library Journal


“A compelling personal memoir, a fascinating history of cosmology, and an interesting firsthand account of a dramatic scientific adventure.”

Physics Today


“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 deeply personal journey that illuminates both the ultimate questions that cosmologists seek to answer, and the problems that we, as human beings, generate in the pursuit of those answers... Whether you’re familiar with these ideas behind the evolution of our universe or have never heard the word ‘inflation’ before, Keating’s narrative ensures you’ll have the background you need to understand why this result was so sought-after.”



“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


A Forbes, Physics Today, Science News, and Science Friday Best Science Book of 2018

Cosmologist and inventor of the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) experiment, Brian Keating tells the inside story of the mesmerizing quest to unlock cosmology’s biggest mysteries and the human drama that ensued. We follow along on a personal journey of revelation and discovery in the publish-or-perish world of modern science, and learn that the Nobel Prize might hamper—rather than advance—scientific progress. Fortunately, Keating offers practical solutions for reform, providing a vision of a scientific future in which cosmologists may finally be able to see all the way back to the very beginning.


Introduction: A Noble Will

Chapter 1. Reading the Cosmic Prologue

Chapter 2. Losing My Religions

Chapter 3. A Brief History of Time Machines

Chapter 4. The Bigger The Bang, The Bigger The Problems

Chapter 5. Broken Lens 1: The Nobel Prize’s Credit Problem

Chapter 6. Ashes to Ashes

Chapter 7. The Spark That Ignited The Big Bang

Chapter 8. BICEP: The Ultimate Time Machine

Chapter 9. Heroes of Fire, Heroes of Ice

Chapter 10. Broken Lens 2: The Nobel Prize’s Cash Problem

Chapter 11. Elation!

Chapter 12. Inflation and Its Discontents

Chapter 13. Broken Lens 3: The Nobel Prize’s Collaboration Problem

Chapter 14. Deflation

Chapter 15. Poetry for Physicists

Chapter 16. Restoring Alfred’s Vision

Epilogue: An Ethical Will




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.

Target Audience:

People interested in cosmology, fascinating history and mixed effects of the Nobel Prize, especially on the field of physics.


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