Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Jordan, Ernst Pascual

Reference work entry

BornHanover, Germany, 18 October 1902

DiedHanover, Germany, 31 July 1980

In the cosmology of physicist Pascual Jordan,  Isaac Newton’s gravitational constant is replaced with a term that varies with time. Jordan also helped found quantum mechanics, which describes many astrophysical processes.

Selected Reference

  1. Schucking, Engelbert L. (1999). “Jordan, Pauli, Politics, Brecht, and a Variable Gravitational Constant.” Physics Today 52, no. 10: 26–31.MathSciNetMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA