Beating the Odds:The Life and Times of E A Milne Meg Weston Smith

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Published: April 16th 2013

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Beating the Odds:The Life and Times of E A Milne  by  Meg Weston Smith

Beating the Odds:The Life and Times of E A Milne by Meg Weston Smith
April 16th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 350 pages | ISBN: | 4.58 Mb

E A Milne was one of the giants of 20th century astrophysics and cosmology. His bold ideas, underpinned by his Christianity, sparked controversy — he believed two time scales operate in the universe.Struggling against poverty, Milne won fiveMoreE A Milne was one of the giants of 20th century astrophysics and cosmology. His bold ideas, underpinned by his Christianity, sparked controversy — he believed two time scales operate in the universe.Struggling against poverty, Milne won five scholarships to Cambridge, but he never finished his degree. In World War I he was invited to develop Horace Darwins device for anti-aircraft gunnery and after the Armistice his prowess in ballistics took him straight to a Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge.

By the age of thirty he was a Manchester professor and a Fellow of the Royal Society. At Oxford he battled to improve the universitys attitude towards science, and established a world-centre of astrophysics. He suffered from Parkinsonism in his forties, the consequence of his having had encephalitis lethargica as a young man. However, buoyed by his Christian faith, he did not slacken his pace. When he died, twice widowed, the author — Milnes daughter — was a teenager.This book is born out of curiosity. The authors aim is to show the human face of science, how the course of her fathers life was shaped by circumstance and by the influence of illustrious friends and colleagues such as Einstein, Eddington, G H Hardy, J B S Haldane, Hubble, F A Lindemann and Rutherford.

Against all odds, Milne emerged as a scientific powerhouse — and a rebellious one at that.



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