This is a reprinting of a very short note by Georges Lemaitre, first published in Nature in 1931, in which he envisages the Universe evolving out of a single atom by quantum processes. The paper has been selected by the Editors of General Relativity and Gravitation for re-publication in the Golden Oldies series of the journal. This republication is accompanied by an editorial note written by Jean-Pierre Luminet.
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Editorial responsibility: A. Krasiński, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Golden Oldie forms a unit with the Golden Oldie Editorial that can be found in this issue preceding this Golden Oldie and online via doi:10.1007/s10714-011-1213-7.
Original paper: Georges Lemaître, Nature 127, 706 (1931). Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
G. Lemaître (Deceased June 20, 1966)
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Lemaître, G. Republication of: The beginning of the world from the point of view of quantum theory. Gen Relativ Gravit 43, 2929–2930 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10714-011-1214-6