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Edwin Hubble, The Discoverer of the Big Bang Universe

Edwin Hubble, The Discoverer of the Big Bang Universe

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  • Date Published: October 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521416177

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  • This book is the first complete account of the scientific life and work of Edwin Hubble, whose discoveries form the basis of all theories of the evolution of the universe. One of the outstanding astronomers of the twentieth century, Hubble studied the velocities or redshifts of galaxies and discovered that the universe is expanding. He convincingly proved that our galaxy is only one of countless galaxies and thus paved the way for the exploration of an immense world beyond the limits of our knowledge. The exploding universe proposed by Hubble, now termed the Big Bang, is used to explain the origin of the elements, of stars, and of galaxies. The second part of the book describes the fundamental discoveries on the nature of the universe made subsequently, and thus sets his achievements in context. Hubble's vision, particularly his efforts to help build the big telescope at Mt. Palomar, firmly established the United States as a leader in observational astronomy. Written by two prominent astronomers (Dr. Novikov is the author of Black Holes and the Universe, CUP, 1990) who have built on Hubble's work, this book is a classic of science, setting out the thrilling story of the exploding universe.

    • The first biography of this great American astronomer
    • Discovered the expansion of the universe
    •  Invented the concept of the Big Bang
    • Was the driving force behind the Palomar 200 inch telescope
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    "...well worth reading." Donald E. Osterbrock, Nature

    "...the first complete account of the scientific life and work of Edwin Hubble, whose discoveries form the basis of all theories about the evolution of the universe." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society

    "...draws together much information otherwise scattered and difficult to find....essential to a full understanding of Hubble's continuing influence....will reward those who read it." Donald DeB. Beaver, Isis

    "...a labor of love by professional astronomers fascinated by the history of their science and with an open admiration of Hubble and his accomplishments." Thomas Pinkney Davis, The Strolling Astronomer

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521416177
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the English edition
    Preface to the Russian edition
    Part I. Life and Work:
    1. Choosing the way
    2. On the threshold of great achievements
    3. The island universe
    4. The red-shift predecessors
    5. The law bearing his name
    6. Recognition
    7. Civil duty
    8. Hopes crushed
    Part II. Hubble's Work Continued:
    9. Distances to galaxies and the Hubble constant
    10. Current and future research projects
    11. The discovery of the hot universe
    12. Explosion
    Chronology of Edwin Hubble's life and work
    Bibliography of Hubble's publications
    References
    Indexes.

  • Authors

    Alexander S. Sharov

    Igor D. Novikov

    Translator

    Vitaly Kiskin

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