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Oral history interview with Martin Rees, 1988 March 30.

Author: Martin J Rees; Alan P Lightman
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Microfilm : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Martin Rees discusses his early interest in natural phenomena; early reading in science; education at Cambridge; graduate work at Cambridge; influence of Dennis Sciama; work with Sciama on the steady state theory; Sciama's attitutde toward science; attitude of the Cambridge community toward the results of Martin Ryle on radio counts and challenges to the steady state model; early thinking on the horizon problem;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Oral histories
Transcripts
Named Person: John P Huchra; Charles W Misner; Martin J Rees; Martin Ryle, Sir; D W Sciama; F Englert; Margaret J Geller; John P Huchra; Charles W Misner; Martin J Rees; Martin Ryle; D W Sciama
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin J Rees; Alan P Lightman
OCLC Number: 881394600
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Advance notice of two business days required to use audiovisual materials.
Interview conducted by Alan Lightman on 30 March 1988.
Interview is part of Cosmology Interview Project series.
Reproduction Notes: 10" microfilm reel. Bethesda, Md.; Cutting Corp., 2007. Original recording remastered onto 2 10" reels.
Description: Transcript: 19 pages audio recording: 1 cassette

Abstract:

Martin Rees discusses his early interest in natural phenomena; early reading in science; education at Cambridge; graduate work at Cambridge; influence of Dennis Sciama; work with Sciama on the steady state theory; Sciama's attitutde toward science; attitude of the Cambridge community toward the results of Martin Ryle on radio counts and challenges to the steady state model; early thinking on the horizon problem; Misner's work on the horizon problem; attitude toward the horizon problem and the role of quantum gravity; relationship of flatness problem to horizon problem; attitude toward the flatness problem; early history of inflationary ideas of Starobinsky and Englert; initial reaction to the inflationary universe model; importance of nonconservation of baryons to inflationary theories; reaction to de Lapparant, Geller, and Huchra's work on large-scale inhomogeneities; history of research on inhomogeneities in the universe; early work by Russians on the pancake model of galaxy formation; new cosmological problems that can be addressed in terms of physics rather than in terms of initial conditions: photon-to-baryon ratio, inflation, origin of density fluctuations; prematurity of cosmological questions; importance of evidence for dark matter; the success of the standard big bang model in surviving observational tests; relationship between theory and observation in cosmology; importance of understanding galactic evolution; outstanding problems in cosmology: initial conditions, origins of fluctuations, galaxy formation; question of whether the universe is inherently unique; ideal design of the universe; desire for unending complexities in the laws of nature; question of whether the universe has a point.

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