Chandra: A Biography of S. Chandrasekhar

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Chandra is an intimate portrait of a highly private and brilliant man, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, a Nobel laureate in physics who has been a major contributor to the theories of white dwarfs and black holes.

"Wali has given us a magnificent portrait of Chandra, full of life and color, with a deep understanding of the three cultures—Indian, British, and American—in which Chandra was successively immersed. . . . I wish I had the job of reviewing this book for the New York Times rather than for Physics Today. If the book is only read by physicists, then Wali's devoted labors were in vain."—Freeman Dyson, Physics Today

"An enthralling human document."—William McCrea, Times Higher Education Supplement

"A dramatic, exuberant biography of one of the century's great scientists."—Publishers Weekly

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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar has for many years enjoyed the universal respect and admiration of the physicists and theoretical astrophysicists of the world. To read this lovely book (the author is himself a physicist and an Indian, but also an exceptionally gifted biographer) is to discover that the man's inimitable intellectual style (and singular productivity) flow naturally from an equally admirable personal style. The book is, like its subject, a quiet inspiration. And it casts interesting light also on some collateral figures: Eddington, Milne, Fowler, Fermi, and especially Raman (who was Chandrasekhar's uncle). Many photos. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Kameshwar C. Wali is professor of physics at Syracuse University.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations Prologue: Tracking the Legend of Chandrasekhar
1. The Simple and True
2. Choosing the Unconventional: A Family Trait
3. Determined To Pursue Science Lahore and Madras, 1910-1930
4. Discoveries, Personal and Scientific Cambridge and Copenhagen, 1930-1933
5. Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, 1933-1934
6. The Absurd Behavior of Stars: Eddington and the White Dwarfs Cambridge, 1934-1935
7. "I Must Push On in My Directions"
Cambridge and Harvard, 1935-1936
8. Lalitha Madras, 1936
9. Scientist in the Midst of Political Turmoil Williams Bay, Wisconsin, 1937-1952
10. The Autocrat of the Editor's Desk: The Astrophysical Journal Chicago, 1952-1971
11. In the Lonely Byways of Science Chicago, 1972-1989
Epilogue: Conversations with Chandra Notes Appendix Acknowledgments Index
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