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Life in an Expanding Universe

George Basalla

in Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195171815
eISBN:
9780199786862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

In the 1930s, astronomer Edwin P. Hubble and others claimed that we lived in an expanding universe filled with galaxies containing billion of stars. At about the same time, Karl G. Jansky invented ... More


The quasar enigma

Malcolm Longair

in A Century of Nature: Twenty-One Discoveries that Changed Science and the World

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780226284132
eISBN:
9780226284163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226284163.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The quasar story goes back to May 1933, when radio astronomy was born. Surveys of the radio sky had revealed a population of extragalactic radio sources, and a few of them were associated with nearby ... More


Science Marries into the Family

John H. Lienhard

in The Engines of Our Ingenuity: An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195135831
eISBN:
9780197565483
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195135831.003.0007
Subject:
Environmental Science, Social Impact of Environmental Issues

The old Latin word scientia was not much used to designate ordered knowledge until recent times. Galileo would not have called himself a scientist, nor would Newton or Leibniz. Even two hundred ... More


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