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The Resource Empire of the stars : friendship, obsession and betrayal in the quest for black holes, Arthur I. Miller

Empire of the stars : friendship, obsession and betrayal in the quest for black holes, Arthur I. Miller

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Empire of the stars : friendship, obsession and betrayal in the quest for black holes
Title
Empire of the stars
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friendship, obsession and betrayal in the quest for black holes
Statement of responsibility
Arthur I. Miller
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 Astronomical Society in 1935, sending Chandra into an intellectual and emotional tailspin - and hindering the progress of astrophysics for nearly forty years."
Summary
A history of the idea of "black holes" explores the tumultuous debate over the existence of this now well-accepted phenomenon, focusing particular attention on Indian scientist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
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Library Journal Best Books, 2005.
Biography type
collective biography
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211320
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DLC
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Miller, Arthur I
Dewey number
520.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Chandrasekhar, S.
  • Eddington, Arthur Stanley
  • Astrophysicists
  • Astrophysicists
  • Astrophysics
  • Hydrogen bomb
  • Black holes (Astronomy)
  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Quantum theory
Target audience
adult
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obsession, friendship, and betrayal in the quest for black holes
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Empire of the stars : friendship, obsession and betrayal in the quest for black holes, Arthur I. Miller
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Fatal collision -- 2. A journey between two worlds -- 3. Rival giants of astrophysics -- 4. Stellar buffoonery -- 5. Into the crucibles of nature -- 6. Eddington's discontents -- 7. American adventure -- 8. An era ends -- 9. How stars shine and how they die -- 10. Supernovae in the heavens and on earth -- 11. How the unthinkable became thinkable -- 12. The jaws of darkness -- 13. Shuddering before the beautiful -- 14. Into a black hole -- App. A. The ongoing tale of Sirius B -- App. B. Updating the supernova story
Control code
226114
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xiv, 400 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780349116273
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Label
Empire of the stars : friendship, obsession and betrayal in the quest for black holes, Arthur I. Miller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Fatal collision -- 2. A journey between two worlds -- 3. Rival giants of astrophysics -- 4. Stellar buffoonery -- 5. Into the crucibles of nature -- 6. Eddington's discontents -- 7. American adventure -- 8. An era ends -- 9. How stars shine and how they die -- 10. Supernovae in the heavens and on earth -- 11. How the unthinkable became thinkable -- 12. The jaws of darkness -- 13. Shuddering before the beautiful -- 14. Into a black hole -- App. A. The ongoing tale of Sirius B -- App. B. Updating the supernova story
Control code
226114
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xiv, 400 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780349116273
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)

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