The New Cosmos pp 208-215 | Cite as

Advance into the Universe

Historical Introduction to Astronomy* in the Twentieth Century
  • Albrecht Unsöld
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In the second and third decades of our century, there began a development of astronomy that in its significance does not rank behind the almost contemporaneous discoveries of relativity theory and quantum theory. The universe as a whole, the cosmos in its spatial structure and in its temporal evolution, became an object for exact scientific investigation. We pick up the thread of Chapter 10, and seek to follow the unfolding of the new ideas first in their historical association. This brief survey must at the same time elucidate the understanding of the detailed presentation which we must arrange from the standpoint of the topics concerned.


Heavy Element Globular Cluster Galactic Centre Stellar Population Stellar Evolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albrecht Unsöld
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  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical Physics and University ObservatoryKielGermany

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