George Smoot


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in Yukon, Florida, The United States
February 20, 1945

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George Fitzgerald Smoot III is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, Nobel laureate, and $1 million TV quiz show prize winner (Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?). He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer with John C. Mather that led to the "discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation."

This work helped further the Big Bang theory of the Universe using the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite. According to the Nobel Prize committee, "the COBE project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science." Smoot donated his share of the Nobel Prize money, less travel costs, to a charitable foundation.

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“But every day I go to work I'm making a bet that the universe is simple, symmetric, and aesthetically pleasing—a universe that we humans, with our limited perspective, will someday understand.”
George Smoot

“There is no doubt that a parallel exists between the big bang as an event and the Christian notion of creation from nothing.”
George Smoot

“...But every day I go to work I'm making a bet that the universe is simple, symmetric, and aesthetically pleasing... ”
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