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A St. Petersburg cemetary, 1988. The old grave-digger asks why the visitor is so agitated. "I'm looking for a grave, but all your prewar records are missing!" "Name?" "Friedmann." "Is that the Friedmann who found the non-static cosmological solution to Einstein's equations?" "Uh, yes." "Follow me." Could only be Russia...
May 07, 2012 03:41AM
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Luminet speculates that his contemporaries didn't take Lemaître that seriously because he wrote too well. You know, it sounded like popular science, not real science...
May 08, 2012 07:09AM
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In 1912, Vesto Slipher presents data on radial velocities of 42 galaxies, and shows that 36 of them are receding. He gets a standing ovation. Astonishing in retrospect that the idea of an expanding universe was then so hard to sell to the science community!
May 07, 2012 02:09PM
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In 1920, most astronomers believed that M 31, now generally known as the Andromeda Galaxy, was a star system in the process of formation. It was of course hard to see how far away it was.
May 07, 2012 11:59AM
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I didn't know that Hilbert submitted his own paper about General Relativity the same week that Einstein submitted his! And Luminet says the Hilbert one is better...
May 06, 2012 08:47AM
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He considers that the Big Bang theory is essentially the product of three people: Friedmann, Lemaître and Gamow. The most important of these is Lemaître.
May 06, 2012 03:19AM
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