Thursday, September 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday

Copies of this title available at UW-Madison
From our February 2006 new books list: 

Farrell, John. (2005). The day without yesterday:
Lemaître, Einstein, and the birth of modern cosmology. New York: Thunder's Mouth.
The development of the big bang theory of the universe owes much to the young Belgian Catholic priest Georges Lemâitre, who was the first person to realize that Einstein's theory of general relativity predicted an expanding universe. Lemâitre was among the first to apply observed astronomical data to the cosmological solutions of general relativity, and he pioneered the notion that the universe as a whole was a coherent entity whose evolution lent itself to scientific study. Farrell offers a very readable account of the history of theories of the universe in the 20th century, intertwined with an intellectual biography of Lemâitre. Farrell does an excellent job of explaining in lay terms the content and underpinnings of the debate among Einstein, Eddington, Hubble, Hoyle, Lemâitre, and others regarding the implications of general relativity for our understanding of the universe. This debate is all the more interesting because it began at a time when scientists were just beginning to recognize the structure and extent of the observed universe. -- A. Spero (CHOICE Reviews, May 2006)

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