221 - Brian Keating - Losing the Nobel Prize

We talk to astrophysicist Brian Keating about new his book Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor.

Brian is an astrophysicist at UC-San Diego and was on the team that led the design of the BICEP experiment. It's successor, BICEP2, was heralded for the discovery of a signature of inflation in the early universe. But that's when it went all wrong.

Links:

BICEP2  Press Conference 

A premature celebration of discovery

Why the Nobel Prize is absurd by Ed Yong

Nature reviews Losing the Nobel Prize

Brian's website

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