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Hubble, Humason and the Big Bang

The Race to Uncover the Expanding Universe

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  • Written for general readers interested in the history of science and physics

  • Provides a full recounting of the partnership between Edwin Hubble and Milton Humason

  • Explores the political and cultural context in which the theory of the expanding universe arose

Part of the book series: Springer Praxis Books (PRAXIS)

Part of the book sub series: Popular Astronomy (POPULAR)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. A Portrait (1928)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 65-79
  3. Per Aspera Ad Astra (1910–1917)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 117-156
  4. Merging Orbits (1918-1922)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 157-232
  5. Rising Stars (1923-1927)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 233-263
  6. Eclipsing Binaries (1928-1929)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 265-280
  7. Bang! Goes The Universe (1929-1931)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 281-305
  8. Grading Reality On A Curve (1932-1934)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 307-326
  9. War: Ultimate Disruptor (1937-1945)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 359-376
  10. Aging Companion Stars (1946-1953)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 377-394
  11. The Last Horizon (1961-1991)

    • Ron Voller
    Pages 409-415
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 417-445

About this book

The story of Hubble and Humason is one for the ages—and in particular, the Cosmic Age. In this compelling book, science writer Ron Voller digs deep into how and why the two scientists continued to investigate their theory of universal expansion in the face of persistent doubt, contrary theories, and calamitous world events.

The evolution of this dynamic duo’s tenuous friendship and professional partnership is in many ways as intriguing as their groundbreaking work on the evolution of the universe. The book therefore traces their lives from their childhoods into their burgeoning careers, revealing how a World War and their own personal differences stood in the way of initial cooperation. It then shows how despite all this, the two opposites eventually came together in the pursuit of something far greater than themselves.

This grand story is inextricably interwoven with that of Albert Einstein, Willem de Sitter, and other great physicists of the era, all of whom took part in the staggering quest to make sense of the Big Bang and what followed.

“Edwin Hubble has often been considered as an island of sorts—a lone wolf of astronomy. But Voller’s book shows otherwise, as he examines Milt Humason’s essential contributions to our understanding of the expanding universe.” - Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator, History of Science & Technology, The Huntington Library

Keywords

  • Edwin Hubble
  • Milton Humason
  • Big Bang theory
  • Steady State theory
  • 1928 IAU convention
  • Mt. Wilson Observatory history
  • Palomar Observatory history
  • Modern-era astrophysics
  • Theory of Universal Expansion

Reviews

“The book is a very helpful source for someone attempting to dig into Hubble and Humason's work in some depth. … anyone investigating Hubble or the development of the understanding of the expanding universe would find this book both interesting and useful.” (Popular Science, popsciencebooks.blogspot.com, January 17, 2022)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brooklyn, USA

    Ron Voller

About the author

Ron Voller is a writer and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. A native of Chicago, he earned his undergraduate degree in literature from the University of Denver before moving to New York City in 1999. He is currently working on his graduate degree in interdisciplinary studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. In addition to his ongoing historical research, he is working on several works of children’s fiction as well as screenplays for documentary and feature films and the development of various television series. Other literary work includes magazine articles and a memoir. Actively engaged in a variety of artistic disciplines, he is an avid songwriter and sculptor and volunteers as a board advisor for a charitable organization that focuses on community development abroad. When not working, he enjoys spending his leisure time with his large family and friends.

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Buying options

eBook
USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-82181-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)