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Cosmology and controversy : the historical development of two theories of the universe

Author: Helge Kragh
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1999.
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Between 1920 and 1970, cosmology became a branch of physics. This text examines how the big bang theory drew inspiration from, and eventually triumphed over, rival views, mainly the steady-state theory and its concept of a stationary universe.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helge Kragh
OCLC Number: 1028561657
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 1997
Runner-up for Association of American Publishers' Annual Award in Physics and Astronomy 1997
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 500 pages : illustrations)
Contents: PrefaceCh. 1Background: From Einstein to Hubble3Ch. 2Lemaitre's Fireworks Universe22Ch. 3Gamow's Big Bang80Ch. 4The Steady-State Alternative142Ch. 5Creation and Controversy202Ch. 6The Universe Observed269Ch. 7From Controversy to Marginalization318Ch. 8Epilogue: Dynamics of a Controversy389Appendix IA Cosmological Chronology, 1917-1971397Appendix IITechnical Glossary400Notes403Bibliography447Index487
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Presents the development of scientific cosmology as a historical event, one that embroiled many scientists in a controversy over the very notion of an evolving universe with a beginning in time. This  Read more...

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