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Author Voller, Ronald L., author.

Title Hubble, Humason and the big bang : the race to uncover the expanding universe / Ron Voller ; foreword by John S. Mulchaey
Published Cham : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Praxis Publishing, [2021]


Description 1 online resource : illustrations (some color)
Series Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy
Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Contents Intro -- Preface -- Foreword -- A Timely Tribute -- Acknowledgements -- Contents -- Abbreviations -- 1: Two Centuries Of Astronomical Discovery -- A Biographical Timeline -- 250 Years of Development in Physics and Astronomy -- Christiaan Huygens And Isaac Newton: The First Unification Of Physics -- Revolutionaries: Lavoisier, Messier And The Herschels -- The Dawn Of Astrophysics: Fraunhofer And His Curious Lines -- The Dawn Of Spectroscopy: From Bunsen To Balmer -- Doppler: Pairing The Perception Of Light And Sound -- William Huggins: The Father Of Modern Spectroscopy
Parallax: Measuring The Distance To The Stars -- The Ole Rømer Empire: Measuring The Cosmic Speed Limit -- Electromagnetism: Faraday, Maxwell And The Second Unification Of Physics -- Planck And Einstein: The Dawn Of Modern Physics -- George Hale And The Modern Astronomical Observatory -- References -- 2: A Portrait (1928) -- References -- 3: Childhood and Other Mysteries (1889-1909) -- References -- 4: Per Aspera Ad Astra (1910-1917) -- References -- 5: Merging Orbits (1918-1922) -- References -- 6: Rising Stars (1923-1927) -- References -- 7: Eclipsing Binaries (1928-1929) -- References
8: Bang! Goes The Universe (1929-1931) -- References -- 9: Grading Reality On A Curve (1932-1934) -- References -- 10: Cosmology And The Human Condition (1935-1936) -- References -- 11: War: Ultimate Disruptor (1937-1945) -- References -- 12: Aging Companion Stars (1946-1953) -- References -- 13: Shockwave: The Death Of A Star (1954-1961) -- References -- 14: The Last Horizon (1961-1991) -- References -- Epilogue -- Appendixies -- Appendix 1: Additional Reading -- Appendix 2: Hubble And Humason Selected Bibliography (Chronological) -- Index
Summary The story of Hubble and Humason is one for the ages--and in particular, the Cosmic Age. In this compelling book, science writer Ron Voller digs deep into how and why the two scientists continued to investigate their theory of universal expansion in the face of persistent doubt, contrary theories, and calamitous world events. The evolution of this dynamic duo's tenuous friendship and professional partnership is in many ways as intriguing as their groundbreaking work on the evolution of the universe. The book therefore traces their lives from their childhoods into their burgeoning careers, revealing how a World War and their own personal differences stood in the way of initial cooperation. It then shows how despite all this, the two opposites eventually came together in the pursuit of something far greater than themselves. This grand story is inextricably interwoven with that of Albert Einstein, Willem de Sitter, and other great physicists of the era, all of whom took part in the staggering quest to make sense of the Big Bang and what followed. Edwin Hubble has often been considered as an island of sorts--a lone wolf of astronomy. But Voller's book shows otherwise, as he examines Milt Humason's essential contributions to our understanding of the expanding universe.- Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator, History of Science & Technology, The Huntington Library
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed November 9, 2021)
Subject Hubble, Edwin, 1889-1953.
Humason, Milton L. (Milton La Salle), 1891-1972.
SUBJECT Hubble, Edwin, 1889-1953 fast
Humason, Milton L. (Milton La Salle), 1891-1972 fast
Subject Astronomers -- United States -- Biography
Expanding universe.
Big bang theory.
Big bang theory
Expanding universe
United States
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783030821814