Friday, December 6, 2013

From Childhood to Stockholm and on to JWST, Stories from a Real Life


How do you get to Stockholm? Bill Cosby would say, "I started out as a child." In his Maniac Talk, John Mather talks about special people and key events that led to his Nobel Prize in Physics, from the Hayden Planetarium and the Sputnik "crisis" to his failed thesis project, the COBE team, the re-work of the COBE satellite after the Challenger loss, and experiences during the data analysis. He also describes his work with the James Webb Space Telescope, what makes it special and how it is now possible to build the JWST when it was totally impossible not so long ago.
(Note, this is the final Maniac Talk of the 2013 season.)   

 
Dr. John Mather, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics (2006), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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