, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 300-334
Date: 15 Aug 2012

Ralph A. Alpher, Robert C. Herman, and the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

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Abstract

Much of the literature on the history of the prediction and discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR) is incorrect in some respects. I focus on the early history of the CMBR, from its prediction in 1948 to its measurement in 1964, basing my discussion on the published literature, the private papers of Ralph A. Alpher, and interviews with several of the major figures involved in the prediction and measurement of the CMBR. I show that the early prediction of the CMBR continues to be widely misunderstood.