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Eddington's search for a fundamental theory : a key to the universe

Author: C W Kilmister
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
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A reconciliation of theories of the very small and the very large scale is one of the most important single issues in physics today. Many people today are unaware that back in the 1930s, Sir Arthur Eddington, the celebrated astrophysicist, made great strides towards his own 'theory of everything'. In 1936 and 1946 Eddington's last two books were published. Unlike his earlier lucid and authoritative works, these are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Arthur Stanley Eddington, Sir; Arthur Eddington, Sir.; Arthur Stanley Eddington, Sir; Arthur Stanley Eddington, Sir); Arthur Stanley Eddington
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: C W Kilmister
ISBN: 0521371651 9780521371650
OCLC Number: 30068163
Description: xii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: C.W. Kilmister.
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A reconciliation of theories of the very small and the very large scale is one of the most important single issues in physics today. Many people today are unaware that back in the 1930s, Sir Arthur Eddington, the celebrated astrophysicist, made great strides towards his own 'theory of everything'. In 1936 and 1946 Eddington's last two books were published. Unlike his earlier lucid and authoritative works, these are strangely tentative and obscure - as if he were nervous of the significant advances he might be making. This volume examines how Eddington came to write these uncharacteristic books - in terms of the physics and history of the day - and what value they have to modern physics. The results is an illuminating description of the development of theoretical physics in the first half of the twentieth century from a unique point of view: how it affected Eddington's thought. This will provide fascinating reading for scholars in the philosophy of science, theoretical physics, applied mathematics and the history of science.

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