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The Resource Beating the odds : the life and times of E.A. Milne, Meg Weston Smith ; foreword by Rober Penrose

Beating the odds : the life and times of E.A. Milne, Meg Weston Smith ; foreword by Rober Penrose

Label
Beating the odds : the life and times of E.A. Milne
Title
Beating the odds
Title remainder
the life and times of E.A. Milne
Statement of responsibility
Meg Weston Smith ; foreword by Rober Penrose
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
E A Milne was one of the giants of 20th century astrophysics and cosmology. His bold ideas, underpinned by his Christianity, sparked controversy - he believed two time scales operate in the universe. Struggling against poverty, Milne won five scholarships to Cambridge, but he never finished his degree. In World War I he was invited to develop Horace Darwin's device for anti-aircraft gunnery and after the Armistice his prowess in ballistics took him straight to a Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. By the age of thirty he was a Manchester professor and a Fellow of the Royal Society. At Oxford he battled to improve the university's attitude towards science, and established a world-centre of astrophysics. He suffered from Parkinsonism in his forties, the consequence of his having had encephalitis lethargica as a young man. However, buoyed by his Christian faith, he did not slacken his pace. When he died, twice widowed, the author - Milne's daughter - was a teenager. This book is born out of curiosity. The author's aim is to show the human face of science, how the course of her father's life was shaped by circumstance and by the influence of illustrious friends and colleagues such as Einstein, Eddington, G H Hardy, J B S Haldane, Hubble, F A Lindemann and Rutherford. Against all odds, Milne emerged as a scientific powerhouse - and a rebellious one at that
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Meg Weston
Dewey number
523.01092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QB36.M59
LC item number
S65 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Milne, Edward Arthur
  • Astrophysicists
  • Astrophysics
  • Cosmology
  • Religion and science
Label
Beating the odds : the life and times of E.A. Milne, Meg Weston Smith ; foreword by Rober Penrose
Instantiates
Publication
Distribution
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. A foothold on the ladder -- ch. 2. The upheavals of war -- ch. 3. Adventures with reflections -- ch. 4. The trials of trumpets -- ch. 5. Cambridge rhapsody -- ch. 6. Riding on a sunbeam -- ch. 7. New horizons -- ch. 8. A scientific wilderness -- ch. 9. Cut and thrust -- ch. 10. Family versus college -- ch. 11. Cosmic inspiration -- ch. 12. Oxford's enlightenment -- ch. 13. The pendulum and the atom -- ch. 14. Lifeline -- ch. 15. Mathematics, bombs and bureaucracy -- ch. 16. An invitation -- ch. 17. A race unfinished
Control code
ocn826659806
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxvii, 282 pages, 17 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781848169074
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013427105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)826659806
Label
Beating the odds : the life and times of E.A. Milne, Meg Weston Smith ; foreword by Rober Penrose
Publication
Distribution
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. A foothold on the ladder -- ch. 2. The upheavals of war -- ch. 3. Adventures with reflections -- ch. 4. The trials of trumpets -- ch. 5. Cambridge rhapsody -- ch. 6. Riding on a sunbeam -- ch. 7. New horizons -- ch. 8. A scientific wilderness -- ch. 9. Cut and thrust -- ch. 10. Family versus college -- ch. 11. Cosmic inspiration -- ch. 12. Oxford's enlightenment -- ch. 13. The pendulum and the atom -- ch. 14. Lifeline -- ch. 15. Mathematics, bombs and bureaucracy -- ch. 16. An invitation -- ch. 17. A race unfinished
Control code
ocn826659806
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxvii, 282 pages, 17 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781848169074
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013427105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)826659806

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