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, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 205–223 | Cite as

Discovery of the hot Big Bang: What happened in 1948

  • Phillip James Edwin PeeblesEmail author


The idea that the universe is filled with the thermal radiation now termed the Cosmic Microwave Background was discussed in eleven publications in the year 1948. These papers offer a detailed example of the process of development of a new and now very productive line of research, and of the confusion that can attend new ideas. The confusion in this case left a common misunderstanding of the considerations that motivated the idea of the sea of radiation.


Cosmological Model Thermal Radiation Physical Review Baryon Density Expansion Time 
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  1. 1.Joseph Henry Laboratories, Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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