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Brian Keating

Brian G. Keating is a Professor of Physics at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego where he leads the Ax Center For Experimental Cosmology (ACEC). He is also Associate Director of the Arthur Clarke Center for Human Imagination. Professor Keating is a renowned public speaker, inventor, and an expert in the study of the universe’s oldest light, the cosmic microwave background, using it to learn about the origin and evolution of the universe. No stranger to extreme conditions, Professor Keating’s experiment, BICEP, was located at the South Pole and received worldwide attention when it announced what was considered one of the greatest discoveries of all time: evidence for the so-called Theory of Inflation. This episode is the subject of his first popular science book called Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor, published in April 2018 by W.W. Norton. Upon its release, Losing the Nobel Prize won numerous accolades, including being named one of Amazon’s Best Nonfiction Books of the Month (April 2018) and one of Nature Magazine’s Best Books of the Season. It was later selected as one of the Best Books of the Year by Science Friday, Amazon, Science News, Physics Today, Forbes, and Symmetry Magazine. Professor Keating’s Prager University video “What’s a Greater Leap of Faith: God or the Multiverse?” garnered over three million views.  

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