Empire of the Stars
Friendship, Obsession and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes
By (author) Arthur I. Miller
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Empire of the Stars by Arthur I. Miller
Book DescriptionIn 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 DetailsISBN: 9780349116273
(198mm x 126mm x 28mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Arthur I. Miller
Colliding Worlds, Hardback (July 2014)
A dazzling look at the artists working on the frontiers of science.
Empire of the Stars, Paperback (October 2010)
FERMATS LAST THEOREM meets THE FLY IN THE CATHEDRAL - a compelling story of one of the 20th century's most important intellectual duels. SIMON WINCHESTER meets SIMON SINGH in this dramatic, character-driven story
137, Paperback (June 2010)
"The history is fascinating, as are the insights into the personalities of these great thinkers."-New Scientist
Deciphering the Cosmic Number, Hardback (May 2009)» View all books by Arthur I. Miller
The extraordinary story of psychoanalyst Carl Jung and physicist Wolfgang Pauli and their struggle to quantify the unconscious.
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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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