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EDWIN HUBBLE: JOURNEYING TO THE EDGE

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/9780199550258.003.0009
EDWIN HUBBLE: JOURNEYING TO THE EDGE

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This chapter begins by discussing the birth and early years of Edwin Powell Hubble. It then states the experiences that Edwin had during his college life at the University of Chicago. It also mentions his aim of becoming a Rhodes Scholar and how he was able to become one. It evaluates the experiences that he had as a graduate student life at Yerkes. It narrates that Hubble also served in the Officer Reserve Corps during the First World War. It describes his interest in taking a picture of the spiral nebulae, hoping to detect nova outbursts, which he thought would turn out to be useful, as standard candles or distance indicators. It assesses the tuning fork diagram and the beginning of the Second World War. Lastly, this chapter examines how Edwin Hubble spent his last years inventing.

Keywords: Edwin Powell Hubble; University of Chicago; Rhodes Scholar; spiral nebulae; Officer Reserve Corps

Chapter.  15042 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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