A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time


Stephen Hawking

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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Character Analysis

Chandrasekhar traveled from India to Cambridge in 1928 to study under Sir Arthur Eddington, who was an expert on general relativity. While on his voyage to England, he calculated how stars would collapse according to their mass. Eddington disliked the idea and talked Chandrasekhar out of it. But when Chandrasekhar won the Nobel Prize in 1983, it was partially for discovering this Chandrasekhar limit.

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Quotes in A Brief History of Time

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Chapter 6 Quotes

The hostility of other scientists, particularly Eddington, his former teacher and the leading authority on the structure of stars, persuaded Chandrasekhar to abandon this line of work […] However, when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1983, it was […] for his early work on the limiting mass of cold stars.

Related Symbols: Nobel Prize
Page Number: 87
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Chapter 6
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...Arthur Eddington, one of the only people who understood general relativity at the time, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar worked out how big a star needed to be to support itself against its own... (full context)
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When a star is above the Chandrasekhar limit it faces serious problems when running out of fuel. It might explode, losing the... (full context)