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Edwin Hubble


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1 Marshfield. 2 "An Awful Moment". 3 "A Thing So Outlandish". 4 A Son of Queen's. 5 Heavens's Gate. 6 Reconnaissance. 7 The Cosmic Archipelago. 8 Uncharted Waters. Mariner of the Nebulae. 10 "Your Husband's Work Is Beautiful". 11 "Almost a Miracle". 12 "Now Whom Do We Want to Meet?". Landlocked. 14 Dark Passage. 15 Home Is the Sailor. Epilogue. Notes and Abbreviations of Frequently used sources. Bibliography. Acknowledgments. Index.

About the Author

Chrisitanson, G.E


Thanks to the space telescope bearing his name, nearly everyone has heard of Edwin Hubble. Unfortunately, few people know about "Hubble's Constant" or his work on the velocity-distance relationship, which, along with his observational data, solidified the concept of the expanding universe. This knowledge allowed us to determine the age of the universe and thus the time of the Big Bang. A professor at Appalachian State University in North Carolina whose earlier works include biographies of Isaac Newton (In the Presence of the Creator, 1984) and a collection of essays on modern astronomers (The Wild Abyss, 1978), Christianson received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write this book. The foundation's money was well spent. Christianson's work is a pleasure to read. Jargon-free and requiring no mathematics, it reads more like a novel than a biography and reveals the man behind the scientist. Tall, handsome, and athletic (he was an accomplished boxer), Hubble led a most interesting life. His circle of friends included Hollywood celebrities as well as men and women of letters. Highly recommended.‘James Olson, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago

"There was nothing dull about Hubble and there is nothing dull in this thoroughly researched biography. This is one of the most readable scientific biographies of recent years. Buy it."
-Astronomy Now

"A readable, entertaining life of the brilliant astronomer whose work, fundamental to modern theories of the universe, never interfered with his self-promotion, pretension, and vanity."
-The New York Times, December 3rd 1995-Editor's Choice as one of the best 33 books of 1995

"A large telescope bearing Hubble's name now circles above our heads every 100 minutes. That and this volume serve as eloquent testimony to the achievements of the man. A book that deserves a place on many a bookshelf."
-The Australian and New Zealand Physicist

"Gale E. Christianson has written an exciting life of Edwin Hubble, filled with splendid descriptions and anecdotes. Only a first-class biographer would tell us that the two favourite books of his eminent scientist hero were 'King Solomon's Mines' and 'The Hound of the Baskervilles.'"
-The Daily Telegraph

"The story of Hubble's greatest breakthrough and what it led to is told with great style. Not only a masterly summary of Hubble's scientific achievements, but also a fascinating account of Hubble the man."
-New Scientist

"Christianson has done an excellent job putting together this biography, full of illuminating sidelights and with copious references to further reading. This is an enjoyable read ... should be in the personal collection of anyone with an interest in the recent history of astronomy."
-The Observatory

"This is a fine biography of the outstanding astronomer of our time. Anyone interested in scientific matters will enjoy reading it."
-ASLIB Book Guide

"The story of this man [Hubble] and his work is told beautifully in this timely and thoroughly researched biography."
-Modern Astronomer

"I recommend this book to all who are interested in the history of astronomy and the personal lives and conflicts of the great scientists who made the exciting discoveries that form the basis of so much of modern astronomy and cosmology. It is well written, with a detailed bibliography and a detailed index. The low price and attractive sturdy binding of this volume should put it within the reach of even the modestly supported school library; it would make an ideal present for the individual with a liking for scientific biography. If no one buys it for you, pick up a copy for yourself."

"Gale Christianson's book is so far the best biography of Hubble."
-General Relativity and Gravitation

"Christianson's work is a pleasure to read. Jargon-free and requiring no mathematics, it reads more like a novel than a biography and reveals the man behind the scientist."
-The Library Journal

"A well-researched, well-informed, and revealing study of its complex, brilliant subject and his times; this is one of the most impressive scientific biographies of recent years."
-Kirkus Review

Son of an overbearing Missouri insurance agent, astronomer Edwin Hubble (1889-1953) revolutionized our conception of the universe. Working at Mount Wilson Observatory in California, he proved by the early 1930s that galaxies beyond the Milky Way are rapidly moving away from us. His observational evidence led Albert Einstein to endorse the model of an expanding universe. Catapulted to fame, Hubble, a dashing, formidable figure, hobnobbed with Anita Loos, William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin and Aldous Huxley. In an exciting biography of a scientific giant who was a very fallible human being, Christianson portrays Hubble as an egotistical, hot-tempered striver who feuded bitterly with colleagues, an antinuclear activist who advocated world government and a prevaricator who claimed to practice law and to have boxed prizefighters to win over his future wife. Biographer of Isaac Newton and Loren Eiseley, Christianson provides close-ups of well-known scientists and astronomers such as Einstein, Harlow Shapley, Percival Lowell and Vesto Slipher. Photos. (Aug.)

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