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ARTHUR EDDINGTON: INSIDE THE STARS

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/9780199550258.003.0007
ARTHUR EDDINGTON: INSIDE THE STARS

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This chapter begins by investigating Arthur Eddington's early life and his biography. It discusses that one of his first research programmes concerned the ‘star drifts’ discovered by Jacobus Kapteyn. It narrates his devotion to the study of stellar dynamics as well as the anomalies that he encountered. The chapter also evaluates his investigations regarding the solar eclipse, the internal structure of the stars, and Sirius B. It then examines some of Eddington's wilder speculations.

Keywords: Arthur Eddington; stars; Sirius B; star drifts; stellar dynamics; internal structure; solar eclipse

Chapter.  16568 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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