Chandra: A Biography of S. Chandrasekhar

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University of Chicago Press, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 341 pages
Chandra is an intimate portrait of a highly private and brilliant man, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, a Nobel laureate in physics who has been a major contributor to the theories of white dwarfs and black holes.

"Wali has given us a magnificent portrait of Chandra, full of life and color, with a deep understanding of the three cultures—Indian, British, and American—in which Chandra was successively immersed. . . . I wish I had the job of reviewing this book for the New York Times rather than for Physics Today. If the book is only read by physicists, then Wali's devoted labors were in vain."—Freeman Dyson, Physics Today

"An enthralling human document."—William McCrea, Times Higher Education Supplement

"A dramatic, exuberant biography of one of the century's great scientists."—Publishers Weekly
 

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astrophysicist whose major contributions were recognized very belatedly with the award of a recent Nobel Prize in physics. His style of work has been unusual in that he has concentrated on deep study ... Read full review

Contents

Tracking the Legend of Chandrasekhar
4
The Simple and True
14
Choosing the Unconventional A Family Trait
35
Determined to Pursue Science Lahore and Madras 19101930
48
Discoveries Personal and Scientific Cambridge and Copenhagen 19301933
73
Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge 19331934
106
The Absurd Behavior of Stars Eddington and the White Dwarfs Cambridge 19341935
129
I Must Push On in My Directions Cambridge and Harvard 19351936
148
Scientist in the Midst of Political Turmoil Williams Bay Wisconsin 19371952
186
The Autocrat of the Editors Desk The Astrophysical Journal Chicago 19521971
207
In the Lonely Byways of Science Chicago 19721989
230
Conversations with Chandra
246
Notes
310
Appendix
328
Acknowledgments
330
Index
334

Lalitha Madras 1936
169

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Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.


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