Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy by Rodney D. Holder, Simon Mitton

By Rodney D. Holder, Simon Mitton

The yr 2011 marked the eightieth anniversary of Georges Lemaître’s primeval atom version of the universe, forerunner of the fashionable day large Bang conception. brought on by way of this momentous anniversary the Royal Astronomical Society determined to submit a quantity of essays at the lifestyles, paintings and religion of this nice cosmologist, who used to be additionally a Roman Catholic priest. The papers offered during this ebook learn intimately the historic, cosmological, philosophical and theological concerns surrounding the improvement of the massive Bang thought from its beginnings within the pioneering paintings of Lemaître via to the trendy day.

This e-book deals the simplest account in English of Lemaître’s lifestyles and paintings. it is going to be liked by way of pros and graduate scholars drawn to the historical past of cosmology.

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76). Indeed, says Kragh, ‘most astronomers preferred to neglect what may seem to be a natural consequence of the evolutionary, relativistic worldview’ (Kragh 1996, p. 142). Another who did so was of course Fred Hoyle. Indeed it was Hoyle who coined the term ‘big bang’, applied as term of abuse because he hated the idea. Nevertheless the terminology stuck and Lemaıˆtre’s term ‘primeval atom’ faded. Hoyle first used the term ‘big bang’ in a radio broadcast he gave in 1949. He repeated it in another broadcast in 1950, following which it appeared in print when Hoyle’s talk was published in full in the BBC’s magazine The Listener (Mitton, pp.

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