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Oral history interview with Denis William Sciama, 1978 April 14.

Author: D W Sciama; Spencer R Weart
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Microfilm : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Background and undergraduate years at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and later return to Cambridge to study relativity under Paul A.M. Dirac, against father's wishes. Work with a Trinity fellowship, 1952-1958, alongside Herman Bondi, Thomas Gold, Fred Hoyle and Raymond Lyttleton, developing and extending steady state theory and doing other broad-scale theory. Move to University of Oxford, 1970, after  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Sound recordings
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Named Person: Hermann Bondi; P A M Dirac; Arthur Stanley Eddington, Sir; Albert Einstein; George F R Ellis; Thomas Gold; Stephen Hawking; Fred Hoyle; Raymond Arthur Lyttleton; William Hunter McCrea; Roger Penrose; Martin J Rees; Martin Ryle; D W Sciama; Ludwig Wittgenstein; Jacob David Bekenstein; Brandon Carter; Lidia Dina; Gilman.; Derek Raine; Harold Spencer-Jones; Hermann Bondi; P A M Dirac; Arthur Stanley Eddington, Sir; Albert Einstein; George F R Ellis; Thomas Gold; Stephen Hawking; Fred Hoyle; R A Lyttleton; William Hunter McCrea; Roger Penrose; Martin J Rees; Martin Ryle; D W Sciama
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: D W Sciama; Spencer R Weart
OCLC Number: 960178855
Notes: Advance notice of two business days required to use audio or video tapes.
Interview conducted by Spencer Weart on 14 April 1978.
Interview conducted as part of the Sources for History of Modern Astrophysics (SHMA) project.
Reproduction Notes: 10" microfilm reels. Bethesda, Md. : Cutting Corp., 2008. Original recording remastered onto 2 10" reels.
Description: Transcript: 34 pages audio recording: 2 cassettes (2 hr.)

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Background and undergraduate years at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and later return to Cambridge to study relativity under Paul A.M. Dirac, against father's wishes. Work with a Trinity fellowship, 1952-1958, alongside Herman Bondi, Thomas Gold, Fred Hoyle and Raymond Lyttleton, developing and extending steady state theory and doing other broad-scale theory. Move to University of Oxford, 1970, after other posts. Interest in Mach's Principle; abandonment of steady state theory; work of student Stephen Hawking on black holes; development and social context of cosmology. Also prominently mentioned are: Jacob David Bekenstein, Brandon Carter, Lidia Dina, Arthur Stanley Eddington, Albert Einstein, George Ellis, Gilman, William Hunter McCrea, Roger Penrose, Derek Raine, Martin J. Rees, Martin Ryle, Harold Spencer-Jones, Ludwig Wittgenstein; Cornell University, and Kings College (University of London).

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