S Chandrasekhar: The Man Behind the Legend

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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar - known simply as Chandra throughout the scientific world - has become a legendary figure for his prolific contributions to physics, astrophysics, and applied mathematics. Before his death in 1995, Chandra had forbidden a memorial of the conventional sort, celebrating his life. This book, which contains some thirty articles by his former students, his associates, and his colleagues, is in a sense a memorial volume. It says little about Chandra's great scientific achievements, but shows ...

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Overview

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar - known simply as Chandra throughout the scientific world - has become a legendary figure for his prolific contributions to physics, astrophysics, and applied mathematics. Before his death in 1995, Chandra had forbidden a memorial of the conventional sort, celebrating his life. This book, which contains some thirty articles by his former students, his associates, and his colleagues, is in a sense a memorial volume. It says little about Chandra's great scientific achievements, but shows his human side and the various facets of his brilliant personality, his incredible memory, his wit, and the breadth of his knowledge of art, music, literature, and the humanities in general. The contributors to this highly interesting book are among the few who broke the seemingly forbidden barrier surrounding the very private Chandra and came to know him well in one context or another. They include Lalitha Chandrasekhar, Roger Penrose, Richard H Dalitz, J W Cronin, Robert G Sachs, Abhay Ashtekar, and Robert Wald.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860940385
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 "My Everlasting Flame" 9
3 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar: My Anna 1910-1995 17
4 S. Chandrasekhar: A Personal Portrait 30
5 Chandra: The Great Guru 34
6 On Working with Chandra 41
7 Exploring General Relativity with Chandra 46
8 A Remembrance 50
9 Motivations of a Hero of Science 55
10 Chandrasekhar and the End of Time 61
11 Some Memories of Chandra 70
12 Chandra at Caltech 76
13 Some Memories of Chandra 80
14 Memories of an Uncle 86
15 Chandra in Focus 90
16 Recollections 95
17 What Knowing Chandra Means to Me 99
18 Chandrasekhar - Some Reminiscences 101
19 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Remembered 113
20 Thursday Afternoons 122
21 Chandra and Ramanujan 130
22 Reminiscences of Chandra 139
23 Some Personal Recollections of S. Chandrasekhar at Chicago and Oxford 142
24 Chandra the Romantic 156
25 S. Chandrasekhar, the Friend: Some Reminiscences 160
26 A Towering Figure: Reminiscences and Reflections 167
27 Encounters with Chandra 172
28 Reflections on Chandra 178
29 Reminiscing About Chandra's Research 183
30 Reminiscences About Chandra 187
31 Chandra and Isaac Newton 195
32 Chandrasekhar's Research on Newton's Principia 201
33 Recollections About Chandra 206
34 Chandra's Visits to Poland 210
35 Meeting Chandra 213
List of Contributors 218
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