Foundations of Physics

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 595–616 | Cite as

Imploding stars, shifting continents, and the inconstancy of matter

  • Werner Israel


Two revolutionary concepts of the twentieth century—continental drift and the existence of superdense stars and black holes—had extended histories which ran in curious parallel for five decades. Between the wars each encountered a fierce and emotionally charged resistance which may have had a common psychological root. Each threatened man's instinctive faith in the permanence of matter.


Black Hole Twentieth Century Continental Drift Superdense Star Charged Resistance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner Israel
    • 1
  1. 1.Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Cosmology Program, Theoretical Physics InstituteUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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