A reconciliation of the theories of the very small and the very large scale is one of the most important single issues in physics today. Many people today are unaware that in the 1930s, Sir Arthur Eddington, the celebrated astrophysicist, made great strides towards his own 'theory of everything'. Eddington's last two books were published in 1936 and 1946. Unlike his earlier lucid and authoritative works, these are strangely tentative and obscure - as if he were nervous of the significant advances that he might be making. This volume examines both how Eddington came to write these uncharacteristic books - in the context of the physics and history of the day - and what value they have to modern physics. The result is an illuminating description of the development of theoretical physics, in the first half of the twentieth century, from a unique point of view: how it affected Eddington's thought. This will provide fascinating reading for scholars in the philosophy of science, theoretical physics, applied mathematics and the history of science.
'No-one is better qualified to penetrate Eddington's thoughts than Clive Kilmister ... Kilmister's strength lies clearly in his profound physical and mathematical understanding of Eddington's theories.' Helge Kragh, Centaurus ' ... a valuable addition to the literature.' The Times Higher Education Supplement