Afterglow of Creation

Afterglow of Creation

It’s the oldest fossil in creation… It accounts for 99.9% of all the light in the Universe … Its discoverers mistook it for the ‘glow’ of pigeon droppings (yet still carried off the Nobel prize). The discovery in 1992 of ‘cosmic ripples’ – slight variations in the temperature of radiation left over from the Big Bang – led to sensational headlines and a scramble among scientists to claim credit. ‘It’s like seeing the face of God’, declared one of the researchers. In this new and fully revised edition, Marcus Chown goes behind the hype and the hysteria to provide a clear and lively explanation of one of the biggest discoveries in modern science – and a brilliant picture of what happened next.


  • Publisher: Faber
  • Publication date: January 21, 2010
  • ISBN: 9780571250592
  • A very good piece of storytelling… Chown writes as if he were addressing his fellow human beings.

    New Scientist

  • Chown superbly captures the spirit of scientific endeavour… The story is told with panache and the science is so well explained it makes and effortless read. Afterglow of Creation is upbeat, witty and informed.

    The Sunday Times

  • It’s a long time since I read a popular science book that so accurately communicates the science involved while maintaining the reader’s interest through the beauty of the written word… Afterglow of Creation excels at portraying science as a human endeavour where personalities, ideas, egos, politics and money all mix in the endeavour we know asastronomy… This book should be in every middle school, high school and public library and on the shelves of anyone interested in either astronomy or the nature of science. A wonderful story, brilliantly told.

    The Science Teacher

  • Beautiful science, beautifully told.

    The Australian

  • The wonderful intro alone is worth the cover price. Witty and accessible science.

    Scott Pack, former chief buyer, Waterstones