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Empire of the Stars
Arthur I. Miller

Classification : Sciences
Pub Date : Oct 05, 2006
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 416
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349116273
Price : 725

About the book
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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'Miller is an excellent historian' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
'Arthur I. Miller, for so long the doyen of historians of modern science, has surpassed himself with this brilliant, elegantly written book. It is a profound story of friendship, disappointment and hope' David Bodanis, author of ELECTRIC UNIVERSE
'Arthur I. Miller's EMPIRE OF THE STARS dramatically succeeds in conveying the clash of scientific ideas and the personal conflicts underlying Chandrasekhar's remarkable anticipation of the existence of black holes in our universe. This is a story that needed to be told' Roger Penrose
*'Fascinating . . . A quite brilliant account . . . based on meticulous and thoughtful research ... Sheds new light on on the personalities of the two leading participants and on the very nature of scientific research' Graham Farmelo, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'So beautifully written that I read it in one sitting . . . A lively and exciting narrative . . . A "must read" for anyone interested in the history of science' NATURE
'A fascinating book . . . a well-researched chronicle of how powerful intellects confronted some of the most fascinating challenges in the world of science - and how they confronted each other as well' Martin Rees, SUNDAY TIMES
     
Arthur I. Miller
Arthur I. Miller is Professor of 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 P...(+)
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