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Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes - Arthur I. Miller
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2005, ISBN: 061834151X

[SR: 1251748], Hardcover, [EAN: 9780618341511], Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Book, [PU: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt], 2005-04-25, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, In August 1930, on a voyage from Madras to London, a young Indian looked up at the stars and contemplated their fate. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar--Chandra, as he was called--calculated that certain stars would suffer a strange and violent death, collapsing to virtually nothing. This extraordinary claim, the first mathematical description of black holes, brought Chandra into direct conflict with Sir Arthur Eddington, one of the greatest astrophysicists of the day. Eddington ridiculed the young man's idea at a meeting of the Royal Astronomy Society in 1935, sending Chandra into an intellectual and emotional tailspin--and hindering the progress of astrophysics for nearly forty years. Empire of the Stars is the dramatic story of this intellectual debate and its implications for twentieth-century science. Arthur I. Miller traces the idea of black holes from early notions of "dark stars" to the modern concepts of wormholes, quantum foam, and baby universes. In the process, he follows the rise of two great theories--relativity and quantum mechanics--that meet head on in black holes. Empire of the Stars provides a unique window into the remarkable quest to understand how stars are born, how they live, and, most portentously (for their fate is ultimately our own), how they die. It is also the moving tale of one man's struggle against the establishment--an episode that sheds light on what science is, how it works, and where it can go wrong. Miller exposes the deep-seated prejudices that plague even the most rational minds. Indeed, it took the nuclear arms race to persuade scientists to revisit Chandra's work from the 1930s, for the core of a hydrogen bomb resembles nothing so much as an exploding star. Only then did physicists realize the relevance, truth, and importance of Chandra's work, which was finally awarded a Nobel Prize in 1983. Set against the waning days of the British Empire and taking us right up to the present, this sweeping history examines the quest to understand one of the most forbidding phenomena in the universe, as well as the passions that fueled that quest over the course of a century., 3825131, Expeditions & Discoveries, 5035, World, 9, History, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books, 13443, Astronomy, 13439, Astronomy & Space Science, 75, Science & Math, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books, 13445, Astrophysics & Space Science, 13439, Astronomy & Space Science, 75, Science & Math, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books, 13871, History & Philosophy, 75, Science & Math, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books, 14592, Relativity, 14545, Physics, 75, Science & Math, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books

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[EAN: 9780618341511], [PU: Boston : Houghton Mifflin], History|Modern|20th Century, Science|Astronomy, Jacket, Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 364 pages; Physical desc. : xx, 364 p., 8 p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm. Bibliography: p. [313]-334. Includes index. Subject: Chandrasekhar, Subrahmanyan (1910-) --Eddington, Arthur Stanley, Sir (1882-1944) --Astrophysicists --India --Biography. Summary: In August 1930, on a voyage from Madras to London, a young Indian looked up at the stars and contemplated their fate. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar--Chandra, as he was called--calculated that certain stars would suffer a strange and violent death, collapsing to virtually nothing. This extraordinary claim, the first mathematical description of black holes, brought Chandra into direct conflict with Sir Arthur Eddington, one of the greatest astrophysicists of the day. Eddington ridiculed the young man's idea at a meeting of the Royal Astronomy Society in 1935, sending Chandra into an intellectual and emotional tailspin--and hindering the progress of astrophysics for nearly forty years. Empire of the Stars is the dramatic story of this intellectual debate and its implications for twentieth-century science. Arthur I. Miller traces the idea of black holes from early notions of "dark stars" to the modern concepts of wormholes, quantum foam, and baby universes. In the process, he follows the rise of two great theories--relativity and quantum mechanics--that meet head on in black holes. Empire of the Stars provides a unique window into the remarkable quest to understand how stars are born, how they live, and, most portentously (for their fate is ultimately our own) , how they die. It is also the moving tale of one man's struggle against the establishment--an episode that sheds light on what science is, how it works, and where it can go wrong. Miller exposes the deep-seated prejudices that plague even the most rational minds. Indeed, it took the nuclear arms race to persuade scientists to revisit Chandra's work from the 1930s, for the core of a hydrogen bomb resembles nothing so much as an exploding star. Only then did physicists realize the relevance, truth, and importance of Chandra's work, which was finally awarded a Nobel Prize in 1983. Set against the waning days of the British Empire and taking us right up to the present, this sweeping history examines the quest to understand one of the most forbidding phenomena in the universe, as well as the passions that fueled that quest over the course of a century. 1 Kg. 364 pp.

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In August 1930, on a voyage from Madras to London, a young Indian looked up at the stars and contemplated their fate. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar--Chandra, as he was called--calculated that certain stars would suffer a strange and violent death, collapsing to virtually nothing. This extraordinary claim, the first mathematical description of black holes, brought Chandra into direct conflict with Sir Arthur Eddington, one of the greatest astrophysicists of the day. Eddington ridiculed the young man's idea at a meeting of the Royal Astronomy Society in 1935, sending Chandra into an intellectual and emotional tailspin--and hindering the progress of astrophysics for nearly forty years. Empire of the Stars is the dramatic story of this intellectual debate and its implications for twentieth-century science. Arthur I. Miller traces the idea of black holes from early notions of "dark stars" to the modern concepts of wormholes, quantum foam, and baby universes. In the process, he follows the rise of two great theories--relativity and quantum mechanics--that meet head on in black holes. Empire of the Stars provides a unique window into the remarkable quest to understand how stars are born, how they live, and, most portentously (for their fate is ultimately our own), how they die. It is also the moving tale of one man's struggle against the establishment--an episode that sheds light on what science is, how it works, and where it can go wrong. Miller exposes the deep-seated prejudices that plague even the most rational minds. Indeed, it took the nuclear arms race to persuade scientists to revisit Chandra's work from the 1930s, for the core of a hydrogen bomb resembles nothing so much as an exploding star. Only then did physicists realize the relevance, truth, and importance of Chandra's work, which was finally awarded a Nobel Prize in 1983. Set against the waning days of the British Empire and taking us right up to the present, this sweeping history examines the quest to understand one of the most forbidding phenomena in the universe, as well as the passions that fueled that quest over the course of a century. Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes Miller, Arthur I., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

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In August 1930, on a voyage from Madras to London, a young Indian looked up at the stars and contemplated their fate. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar--Chandra, as he was called--calculated that certain stars would suffer a strange and violent death, collapsing to virtually nothing. This extraordinary claim, the first mathematical description of black holes, brought Chandra into direct conflict with Sir Arthur Eddington, one of the greatest astrophysicists of the day. Eddington ridiculed the young man's idea at a meeting of the Royal Astronomy Society in 1935, sending Chandra into an intellectual and emotional tailspin--and hindering the progress of astrophysics for nearly forty years. Empire of the Stars is the dramatic story of this intellectual debate and its implications for twentieth-century science. Arthur I. Miller traces the idea of black holes from early notions of "dark stars" to the modern concepts of wormholes, quantum foam, and baby universes. In the process, he follows the rise of two great theories--relativity and quantum mechanics--that meet head on in black holes. Empire of the Stars provides a unique window into the remarkable quest to understand how stars are born, how they live, and, most portentously (for their fate is ultimately our own), how they die. It is also the moving tale of one man's struggle against the establishment--an episode that sheds light on what science is, how it works, and where it can go wrong. Miller exposes the deep-seate 20th century,astronomy,astronomy and astrophysics,astronomy and space science,astrophysics and space science,biographies,expeditions and discoveries,history,history and philosophy,modern (16th-21st centuries) Astronomy & Space Science, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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[EAN: 9780618341511], Neubuch, [PU: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston & New York], BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS BZDB273 MILLER EMPIRE STARS CHANDRASEKHAR EDINGTON OBSESSION FRIENDSHIP BETRAYAL QUEST BLACK HOLES MEMOIRS; HISTORY OF SCIENCE; ASTRONOMY; UNITED STATES; MODERN; THE AND IN FOR ASTRONOMY, History|Modern|20th Century, Science|Astronomy, Jacket, 364 pages. With plates & illustrations Empire of the Stars is the history of the intellectual debate between Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the first man to mathemitically conceptualize black holes on a voyage from Madras to London, and Sir Arthur Edington who ridiculed his idea in 1935. Arthur Miller traces the effect of the debate and the development of black holes in theory in the twentieth century. Chandrasekhar's theory was only revived when nuclear scientists needed the insights it provided for the construction of the hydrogen bomb. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Item Type: Hardback. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: Biographies, Autobographies & Memoirs; History of Science; Astronomy; United States; Modern; ISBN/EAN: 9780618341511. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 000886.

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Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes
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Miller, Arthur I.

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Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes

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061834151X

Tracing the rise of two great theories, relativity and quantum mechanics, which meet head on in black holes, "Empire of the Stars" is the dramatic story of an intellectual feud and its implications for 20th-century science.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780618341511
ISBN (ISBN-10): 061834151X
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Date de parution: 2005
Editeur: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
364 Pages
Poids: 0,685 kg
Langue: eng/Englisch

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