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Alexander A Friedmann : The Man who Made the Universe Expand - Eduard A. Tropp

Alexander A Friedmann

The Man who Made the Universe Expand

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Published: 7th September 2011
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Our universe can be described mathematically by a simple model developed in 1922 at Petrograd (St. Petersburg) by Alexander Friedmann (1888-1925). Without the benefit of observational evidence, Friedmann predicted that the whole universe would expand and evolve with time. This astonishing prediction was confirmed seven years later by Edwin Hubble. Its originator, unfortunately didn't live to savor this triumph. This vivid biography of an outstanding scientist sets his life and work against a wide backdrop of the history of cosmological studies and its major players, such as Einstein and others. The book is a window on Friedmann's school and university years, military service, and teaching and research during a seminal period of Soviet history. The authors include unique archival material, such as Friedmann's letters from the Russian Front, as well as contemporary records and reminiscences of colleagues. There is a detailed treatment of his work in theoretical cosmology (1922-1924), set in the context of the organization of Soviet science at the time.

'This biography of Alexander Friedmann was originally published in 1988. This is the first detailed biography of a scientist who made enormous contributions to the fields of hydrodynamics, meteorology and relativistic cosmology.' Short Book Reviews '... this is an interesting work, of value to anyone interested in the history of cosmology.' George F. R. Ellis, Physics World 'This biography makes quite fascinating, if idiosyncratic, reading and can be strongly recommended ... it is an important contribution to the literature.' Malcolm S. Longair, The Observatory

Preface
The Friedmanns and the Vojaceks
At the 2nd St Petersburg Gymnasium
University years, 1906 1914
In search of a way
War years
Moscow - Perm - Petrograd
Theoretical department of the Main Geophysical Observatory
Space and time
Geometry and dynamics of the Universe
Petrograd, 1920 1924
The final year
Friedmann's world
Conclusion
Main dates in Friedmann's life and work
Bibliography
Name Index
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ISBN: 9780521384704
ISBN-10: 0521384702
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 7th September 2011
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.98  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55