Morphological Astronomy

  • F. Zwicky

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Introduction

Man has a great tendency to get lost or to hide, as the case may be, in a jungle of details and in unnecessary complications. Why do anything simply if you can do it complicated? And still, life itself presents a sufficient number of problems to keep us busy. There would seem to be no need to create additional difficulties, just for the fun of it, especially if these self-made difficulties become practically insuperable and if in the end they cause much unhappiness. The morphological mode of thought and of action was conceived to break the vicious hold which the parasitic wild growth of complications exerts on life in all of its phases. Morphological thought and action are likely to be of value in all human activities, once such thought and action have been clearly delineated and fully developed, and once they have been practised by a sufficiently large number of people. Since the morphological method is of the greatest universality, the choice of the field to which one applies it first is not particulary critical. The author intends to write two or three books on the morphology of several large scale problems, which are both of a technical and of a general social nature. The present book is concerned in particular with some implications of morphological thinking in astronomy. We shall above all emphasize the basic character of the morphological approach, and we shall demonstrate its constructive power in a number of specific cases.

Keywords

astronomy cosmology density gravitation gravitational lens growth morphology phase philosophy physics telescope universe

Authors and affiliations

  • F. Zwicky
    • 1
  1. 1.Astrophysics california Institute of Technology and AstronomerMount Wilson and Palomar ObservatoriesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-87544-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1957
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-87546-5
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