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The Day Without Yesterday: Lemaitre, Einstein, and the Birth of Modern Cosmology [Paperback]

John Farrell
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Few people realize that the Belgian scientist Georges Lemaître (1894–1966) played a seminal role in the development of our current understanding of the Big Bang and black holes. Lemaître was also a Roman Catholic priest, rising to monsignor, but he carefully maintained a firewall between his two vocations, even reacting with horror when Pope Pius XII described the Big Bang as the biblical moment of creation. Science writer Farrell recounts that Einstein dismissed Lemaître's ideas at their first encounter, in 1927; later, the great man regarded him as a valuable colleague. Lemaître believed at first that the universe expanded from an initial static state; only later did he arrive at his theory of a "primeval atom," which George Gamow and others developed into the Big Bang theory. Farrell explains how Lemaître determined that what we now call a black hole is a singularity where the radius of the sphere collapses to zero. Lemaître also stuck with the cosmological constant after Einstein had abandoned it, a stance validated in the 1990s when scientists discovered that the universe's expansion is accelerating. Science buffs will enjoy this nicely written biography of a little-known but towering figure in modern cosmology. B&w illus.
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"Lemaitre's story is so fascinating that I could not put this book down." -- Science Books and Films, November 1, 2005

"Students and teachers will learn about a mostly unknown but quite important figure in the history of astronomy." -- National Science Teachers Association

"The Day Without Yesterday is among the most fascinating biographies of this year." -- New York Resident, January 30, 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Farrell is a Boston-based writer and producer educated at Harvard in English Literature and History of Science. The former director of media at the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Farrell has written for print and online journals such as Salon, National Review, First Things and Tech Central. He has published short fiction and poetry and produced a number of independent videos for education and entertainment.  He lives north of Boston.
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