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Willem de Sitter : Einstein's friend and opponent

Author: Jan Guichelaar
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018] ©2018
Series: Springer biographies
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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This [book is a] biography of Willem de Sitter (1872-1934), one of the most influential astronomers of his time, and also a co-author and correspondent of Einstein. Authored by a physicist and skilled writer, the book gives a beautiful and accessible description of the physics debated by Einstein and de Sitter, as well as the latter's alternative cosmological model, later known as the De Sitter Universe. But this is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Willem de Sitter
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Guichelaar
ISBN: 9783319983363 3319983369
OCLC Number: 1099933154
Notes: 99978598544
"This book draws, in part, on the author's earlier work in Dutch: "De Sitter, Een alternatief voor Einsteins heelalmodel", Veen Magazines, Amsterdam, 2009. [De Sitter, An alternative for Einstein's model of the universe]"--Title page verso
Description: xxii, 278 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: Astronomy in Leiden till De Sitter's arrival --
Descent : patricians, lawyers and politicians --
Youth and education --
The making of an astronomer --
The Galilean moons of Jupiter --
The road to professor in Leiden --
Leiden activities --
Fundamental work and a new theory of Jupiter's satellites --
Gravity, general relativity and cosmology --
Director of the observatory and stay in Arosa --
At the top --
International business --
Last years
Series Title: Springer biographies
Responsibility: Jan Guichelaar

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This [book is a] biography of Willem de Sitter (1872-1934), one of the most influential astronomers of his time, and also a co-author and correspondent of Einstein. Authored by a physicist and skilled writer, the book gives a beautiful and accessible description of the physics debated by Einstein and de Sitter, as well as the latter's alternative cosmological model, later known as the De Sitter Universe. But this is just part of a fascinating and varied life story involving numerous contributions to astronomy, as well as many places and personalities of early 20th century physics. The book will appeal to all those interested in astronomy and physics and their history

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