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INTRODUCTION: TALENT AND OPPORTUNITY

I.S. GLASS

in Revolutionaries of the Cosmos

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550258
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.003.0001
INTRODUCTION: TALENT AND OPPORTUNITY

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This chapter begins by discussing the development of astrophysics. It then mentions several well-known scientists who made their mark in this area of study and how their discoveries shed light to old theories and gave birth to new ones. It also examines the talents and traits of the scientists mentioned in this study. It states that an important motivation for many scientists seems to e, and in the past to have been, the acquisition of a kind of immortality through their achievements. It narrates the different ways in which these scientists to gained financial support. It explains that most of the scientists discussed in this study tended to remain productive even when old.

Keywords: astrophysics; scientists; financial support; motivation

Chapter.  3436 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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