Edwin Hubble, The Discoverer of the Big Bang Universe

Edwin Hubble, The Discoverer of the Big Bang Universe

by Alexander S. Sharov, Igor D. Novikov, Vitaly Kiskin
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521017619
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English edition
Preface to the Russian edition
Choosing the way1
On the threshold of great achievements14
The island universe26
The red-shift. Predecessors47
Hubble's Law56
Recognition. Facets of his personality74
Civil duty85
Hopes crushed102
Distances to galaxies and the Hubble constant123
Current and future research projects133
The discovery of the hot universe140
Explosion148
Chronology of Edwin Hubble's life and work168
Bibliography of Hubble's publications170
References176
Index of names179
Index of celestial objects183
Subject index184

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