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Work of Princeton scientists on NOVA, Sept. 28-29

The work of Princeton scientists will be featured prominently in an upcoming series of NOVA television documentaries to be aired on public television stations from 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 28-29.

The four-part series, titled "Origins," examines the history of life, the planet Earth and the universe. The fourth hour of the series, "Back to the Beginning," explores the forces that shaped the early universe and will have a particular focus on Princeton research. The program will discuss the cosmic microwave background, a low level of radiation that pervades the universe and is a direct product of the Big Bang itself. Much of the most advanced cosmic microwave background research has originated at Princeton.

According to NOVA, the program will feature interviews with two Princeton faculty members, astrophysicist David Spergel and physicist Lyman Page , as well as past interviews with the late Princeton physicist David Wilkinson , a pioneer of cosmic microwave background research. The entire series will be hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York and was a visiting research scientist and lecturer at Princeton from 1994 to 2003.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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