Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy

Editors: Holder, Rodney D., Mitton, Simon (Eds.)

  • Examines in detail the historical, cosmological, philosophical and theological issues surrounding the development of the Big Bang theory from its beginnings in the pioneering work of Lemaître through to the modern day
  • Chapters written by renouned cosmologists, philosophers and theologians
  • With a foreword by the Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees
  • Published under the auspices of the Royal Astronomical Society
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The year 2011 marked the 80th anniversary of Georges Lemaître’s primeval atom model of the universe, forerunner of the modern day Big Bang theory. Prompted by this momentous anniversary the Royal Astronomical Society decided to publish a volume of essays on the life, work and faith of this great cosmologist, who was also a Roman Catholic priest. The papers presented in this book examine in detail the historical, cosmological, philosophical and theological issues surrounding the development of the Big Bang theory from its beginnings in the pioneering work of Lemaître through to the modern day.

This book offers the best account in English of Lemaître’s life and work. It will be appreciated by professionals and graduate students interested in the history of cosmology.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Georges Lemaître: A Brief Introduction to His Science, His Theology, and His Impact

    Holder, Rodney D. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Georges Lemaître: The Priest Who Invented the Big Bang

    Lambert, Dominique

    Pages 9-21

  • ‘The Wildest Speculation of All’: Lemaître and the Primeval-Atom Universe

    Kragh, Helge

    Pages 23-38

  • Georges Lemaître and Fred Hoyle: Contrasting Characters in Science and Religion

    Holder, Rodney D.

    Pages 39-53

  • Lemaître, the Big Bang and the Quantum Universe

    Heller, Michael

    Pages 55-68

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy
Editors
  • Rodney D. Holder
  • Simon Mitton
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
395
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-32254-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-32254-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-32253-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44220-9
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 201
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