Edwin Hubble

Edwin Hubble

Mariner of the Nebulae

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the life of the astronomer who offered observational evidence supporting the theory of the expanding universe and demonstrated the existence of other galaxies

Book News
A biography of Hubble (1889-1953), who confirmed the existence of other galaxies besides our own, provided the first reliable evidence that the universe is pretty much the same in all directions from here, and demonstrated that the universe is expanding, thus setting the stage for the Big Bang theory. He catapulted his stature as an astronomer into social status, hobnobbing in Hollywood and with the rich and famous elsewhere. Christianson, who has already written biographies of Newton and Eiseley, describes him as egotistical and hot-tempered, but deserving of a better memorial than a crippled space telescope. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Born in 1889 and reared in the village of Marshfield, Missouri, Edwin Powell Hubble - star athlete, Rhodes Scholar, military officer, astronomer - became one of the towering figures in twentieth-century science. Hubble worked with the great 100-inch Hooker telescope at California's Mount Wilson Observatory, and made a series of discoveries that revolutionized humanity's vision of the cosmos. In 1923 he was able to confirm the existence of other nebulae, or what are now called galaxies, beyond our own Milky Way. By the end of the decade, he had proven that the universe is expanding, thus laying the very cornerstone of the "Big Bang" theory of creation. It was Hubble who developed the elegant scheme by which the galaxies are classified as ellipticals and spirals, and it was Hubble who first provided reliable evidence that the universe is homogenous, the same in all directions as far as the telescope can see.
An incurable Anglophile with a penchant for tweed jackets, knickers, and English briars, Hubble, together with his brilliant and witty wife, Grace Burke, became a fixture of Hollywood society in the thirties and forties - they counted among their friends Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, Anita Loos, Aldous and Maria Huxley, Walt Disney, Helen Hayes, and William Randolph Hearst. Albert Einstein, a frequent visitor to Southern California, called Hubble's work "beautiful" and modified his equations on relativity to account for the discovery that the cosmos is expanding.

Baker
& Taylor

A biography of the famous astronomer reveals the man who offered observational evidence supporting the theory of the expanding universe and demonstrated the existence of other galaxies, worked on the revolutionary velocity-distance relationship, and moved easily in celebrity circles.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, c1995.
ISBN: 9780374146603
0374146608
Branch Call Number: 920 HUBBLE, E.
Characteristics: x, 420 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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