Beating the Odds:The Life and Times of E A Milne by Meg Weston Smith PDF

By Meg Weston Smith

ISBN-10: 1848169078

ISBN-13: 9781848169074

E A Milne used to be one of many giants of twentieth century astrophysics and cosmology. His daring rules, underpinned by way of his Christianity, sparked controversy — he believed time scales function within the universe.

Struggling opposed to poverty, Milne gained 5 scholarships to Cambridge, yet he by no means accomplished his measure. In global battle I he was once invited to advance Horace Darwin's machine for anti-aircraft gunnery and after the Armistice his prowess in ballistics took him directly to a Fellowship at Trinity collage, Cambridge. by way of the age of thirty he was once a Manchester professor and a Fellow of the Royal Society. At Oxford he battled to enhance the university's angle in the direction of technological know-how, and proven a world-centre of astrophysics. He suffered from Parkinsonism in his forties, the outcome of his having had encephalitis lethargica as a tender guy. although, buoyed via his Christian religion, he didn't slacken his velocity. while he died, two times widowed, the writer — Milne's daughter — was once a teenager.

This publication is born out of interest. The author's goal is to teach the human face of technology, how the process her father's lifestyles used to be formed by way of situation and by way of the impact of illustrious buddies and co-workers similar to Einstein, Eddington, G H Hardy, J B S Haldane, Hubble, F A Lindemann and Rutherford. opposed to all odds, Milne emerged as a systematic powerhouse — and a rebellious one at that.

Contents:

  • A Foothold at the Ladder
  • The Upheavals of War
  • Adventures with Reflections
  • The Trials of Trumpets
  • Cambridge Rhapsody
  • Riding on a Sunbeam
  • New Horizons
  • A medical Wilderness
  • Cut and Thrust
  • Family as opposed to College
  • Cosmic Inspiration
  • Oxford's Enlightenment
  • The Pendulum and the Atom
  • Lifeline
  • Mathematics, Bombs and Bureaucracy
  • A Invitation
  • A Race Unfinished

Readership: Astronomers, cosmologists, mathematicians, technological know-how historians, audiences drawn to wartime scientists, the connection among technology and faith, and encephalitis lethargica.

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