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Alexander A Friedmann
The Man who Made the Universe Expand


  • Date Published: May 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025881

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  • Our universe can be described mathematically by a simple model developed in 1922 at Petrograd (St Petersburg) by Alexander Friedmann (1888–1925), who predicted that the whole universe would expand and evolve with time before there was any observational evidence. He was an outstanding Soviet physicist, and this vivid 1993 biography is set in a wide historical background. The book is a window on the school and university years, military service, teaching and research during a seminal period of Soviet history. The authors include unique archival material, such as Friedmann's letters from the Front, as well as contemporary records and reminiscences of colleagues. There is a detailed treatment of his work in Theoretical Cosmology (1922–1924), set in the context of the organization of Soviet science at the time.

    • The only account of the person who first suggested that our universe is expanding and evolving
    • A fascinating glimpse of the organization of higher education and science in the period 1917–24
    • Includes unpublished archival material and personal letters
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This biography of Alexander Friedmann was originally published in 1988. This is the first detailed biography of a scientist who made enormous contributions to the fields of hydrodynamics, meteorology and relativistic cosmology.' Short Book Reviews

    '… this is an interesting work, of value to anyone interested in the history of cosmology.' George F. R. Ellis, Physics World

    'This biography makes quite fascinating, if idiosyncratic, reading and can be strongly recommended … it is an important contribution to the literature.' Malcolm S. Longair, The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025881
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.397kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Friedmanns and the Vojaceks
    2. At the 2nd St Petersburg Gymnasium
    3. University years, 1906–14
    4. In search of a way
    5. War years
    6. Moscow - Perm - Petrograd
    7. Theoretical department of the Main Geophysical Observatory
    8. Space and time
    9. Geometry and dynamics of the Universe
    10. Petrograd, 1920–4
    11. The final year
    12. Friedmann's world
    Main dates in Friedmann's life and work
    Name Index.

  • Authors

    Eduard A. Tropp

    Viktor Ya. Frenkel

    Artur D. Chernin


    Alexander Dron

    Michael Burov

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