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Books by and About Arthur Stanley Eddington


These are books by and about Arthur Stanley Eddington. One day Eddington might be thought of as being more significant in long–term history than Einstein.


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  1. Space, Time and Gravitation - Eddington
  2. The Expanding Universe - Eddington
  3. The Nature of the Physical World - Eddington
  4. Philosophy of Physical Science - Eddington
  5. Science and the unseen world - Eddington
  6. The Eddington Enigma - Evans
  7. The Internal Constitution of the Stars - Eddington
  8. New pathways in science - Eddington
  9. Proceedings of the Sir Arthur Eddington Centenary Symposium: On Relativity Theory - Bruhat & Karade (Editors)
  10. Eddington Fundamental Theory - Slater
  11. The Development & Meaning of Eddington's Fundamental Theory - Slater
  12. Fundamental Theory - Eddington
  13. Eddington Astrophysics - Chandrasekhar
  14. The mathematical theory of relativity - Eddington
  15. Physics and philosophy - Eddington
  16. Stellar structure - Eddington
  17. The cosmological controversy - Eddington
  18. Sir Arthur Eddington,: Man of science and mystic - Jacks
  19. Why I believe in God: Science and religion - Eddington
  20. Eddington's principle in the philosophy of science - Whittaker

Space, Time and Gravitation
by Arthur S. Eddington
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This classic book is essential reading for all those interested in the development of modern physics. Sir Arthur Eddington's account of the general theory of relativity, 'without,' as he says in his preface, 'introducing anything very technical in the way of mathematics, physics or philosophy', was first published in the exciting days of 1920 soon after the first objective tests of the theory had demonstrated its validity. The book was at once received with acclamation by reviewers and remains today one of the simplest and most straightforward accounts in print. The reviewer in the Athenaeum described it as 'a masterly book. The arrangement, the vigour and ease of the reasoning, the felicity of illustration, the clear, flexible prose and (we must mention it) the wit, make this book one of the most adequate and engaging attempts at the non-technical exposition of a scientific theory that it has ever been our good fortune to encounter.' This reissue includes a foreword by Sir Hermann Bondi, FRS, giving a brief appraisal of the book, and placing it in its historical and scientific context

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The Expanding Universe
by Arthur Eddington
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Long out of print, this classic book investigates the experimental determination of one of the fundamental constants of astrophysics and its significance for astronmy. The Expanding Universe offers a unique sidelight on the history of ideas and Eddington's artistry; his evident enjoyment of writing and exposition shine through. Astrophysicists and historians of science will find that this reissue sheds fascinating light on one of Britain's greatest scientists. Sir William McCrea has supplied the Preface.

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The Nature of the Physical World (Textbook Binding)
by Sir Arthur S. Eddington

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Philosophy of Physical Science (Paperback)
by Arthur Stanley Eddington

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Science and the unseen world (Swarthmore lecture) (Unknown Binding)
by Arthur Eddington

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1929. Swarthmore Lecture. Contents: Outline of evolution leading to the advent of Man in the physical world; The questioning voice, What doest thou here?; Changing views of the scope of physical theory and the ideal of physical explanation; Both a scientific and a mystical outlook are involved in the problem of experience; The irrelevancy of natural law to some aspects of mind and consciousness; The importance of significances and the consequences of ruling them outside the scope of inquiry; and Assurance of the revelation of God rather than of the existence of God is demanded. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.--This text refers to the Paperback edition

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The Eddington Enigma (Paperback)
by David Stanley Evans

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Eddington was an astrophysicist that did acclaimed work on the physics of stars, and attempted a very ambitious "theory of everything" that, none too differently from many others, did not receive favorable attention. In addition, he developed a philosophy of science that has been largely ignored, perhaps not surprisingly because it can't be a popular idea that much science attributed to the objective world actually is about scientists and the limitations of the thinking mind. The "enigma" of the title is perhaps that Eddington became fascinated by very general issues of philosophy, instead of sticking to hard science where footing is clearer, or perhaps that a man with an outstanding reputation and high public visibility could so completely fade from public view.

This book is helpful in describing Eddington's life, at least from a public viewpoint, and in placing his astronomical and relativity contributions in a modern context. It also describes his "theory of everything" in enough detail to satisfy a lay reader, but in my view does not explain clearly its poor reception. The clearest statement of its shortcomings is that it assumed that certain constants of physical laws were well-defined numbers independent of measurement. Unfortunately, the deduced values are slightly different from today's measured values. However, the real issue is probably that no one understood how to generalize his approach, and so fashionable thought drifted off elsewhere. References are supplied to search further.

The philosophical views of Eddington are touched upon, but are not a strong interest of the author. This material is not put into modern context, nor critiqued in any detail. The author appears to think that this work was an aberration of mind inspired by a need to reconcile a Quaker upbringing with a scientific mentality. The "World of Mathematics" contains a much clearer, more convincing and more involving account by Eddington himself.

For me, this book filled in a lot of interesting detail, expanded my understanding of Eddington's astronomical and relativity thinking, connected Eddington's life with his contemporaries, and provided a good starting point to look further. Not a bad accomplishment, and quite readable.

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The Internal Constitution of the Stars (Cambridge Science Classics) (Paperback)
by Arthur S. Eddington
"At first sight it would seem that the deep interior of the sun and stars is less accessible to scientific investigation than any other region…"

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The publication of The Internal Constitution of the Stars by Arthur Eddington in 1926 was a major landmark in the development of modern theoretical astrophysics. Not only did Eddington effectively create the discipline of the structure, constitution, and the evolution of the stars, but he also recognised and established the basic elements of our present understanding of the subject. The influence of the book is indicated by the remark by H. N. Russell in 1945: 'This volume has every claim to be regarded as a masterpiece of the first rank'.

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New pathways in science (Messenger lectures) (Unknown Binding)
by Arthur Stanley Eddington
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Proceedings of the Sir Arthur Eddington Centenary Symposium: On Relativity Theory
(Proceedings of the Sir Arthur Eddington Centenary Symposium) (Hardcover)
by Y. Choquet-Bruhat, T. M. Karade (Editor)
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Eddington Fundamental Theory (Hardcover)
by Noel B Slater

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The Development & Meaning of Eddington's Fundamental Theory, Including a Compilation From Eddington's Unpublished Manuscripts (Hardcover) by Noel B. Slater (Author)

Book Description This book has two closely related aims. One aim is to make available those parts of Sir Arthur Eddington's unpublished writings in 1940-44 which have survived are of scientific importance. The larger iam is to elucidate the argument of his posthumous book Fundamental Theory. His later work was so much concentrated on this theme that his manuscripts are here arranged as variations on it. They show the development of his theory towards coherence; but in and around the bases of physics.

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Fundamental Theory (Hardcover)
by A. S. Eddington (Author)

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Eddington Astrophysics (Hardcover)
by Chandrasekhar

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The mathematical theory of relativity, (Unknown Binding)
by Arthur Stanley Eddington

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Physics and philosophy (Unknown Binding)
by Arthur Stanley Eddington

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Stellar structure (Unknown Binding)
by Arthur Stanley Eddington

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The cosmological controversy (Unknown Binding)
by Arthur Stanley Eddington

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Sir Arthur Eddington,: Man of science and mystic (The second Arthur Stanley Eddington Memorial lecture) (Unknown Binding)
by L. P Jacks

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Why I believe in God: Science and religion,
as a scientist sees it (Little blue book) (Unknown Binding)
by Arthur Stanley Eddington

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Eddington's principle in the philosophy of science
(Arthur Stanley Eddington memorial lecture) (Unknown Binding)
by E. T Whittaker

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