Empire of the Stars by Arthur I. Miller
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Empire of the Stars
By Arthur I. Miller

Empire of the Stars

Friendship, Obsession and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes

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Empire of the Stars by Arthur I. Miller

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Aventis General Prize for Science Books 2006.

Book Description

In August 1930, on a boat trip from Bombay to England, the young Indian scientist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar calculated that certain stars could end their lives by collapsing indefinitely to a point -- to nowhere. This idea brought Chandra into conflict with Sir Arthur Eddington, the grand old man of British astrophysics, who publicly ridiculed the idea. EMPIRE OF THE STARS teases out the major implications of this infamous event, setting it against the backdrop of the turbulent growth of astrophysics, and provides a unique window on our unfolding view of the cosmos. In its clash of personalities, epochs and cultures, the story reveals the deep-seated psychological and philosophical prejudices at work in the acceptance and rejection of new scientific ideas. Beautifully written, artfully constructed, EMPIRE OF THE STARS is a serious book but one which also deals with classic themes -- a lone man struggling against the establishment, intellectual rivalry and the highs and lows of great individuals set against the broader sweep of history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349116273
ISBN-10: 034911627X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 28mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Arthur I. Miller

Arthur I. Miller is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at University College London. He is an experienced broadcaster, lecturer and biographer. His last book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

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