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Empire of the Stars by Arthur I. Miller
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Sep 28, 10

bookshelves: astronomy, biography, non-fiction, physics, science
Read in September, 2010, read count: 1

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (nicknamed Chandra) in 1930 discovered that stars exceeding a certain mass would evolve into a black hole. This solution seemed preposterous to the leading astrophysicist of the time Arthur Eddington, who publicly scorned the idea. Chandra went on to other topics in astrophysics, only to see the idea revived several decades later. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1983 for his pioneering work.

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