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By Barry Parker (auth.)

I be mindful as soon as looking at a presentation of the production of the universe in a planetarium. It used to be a desirable event: lighting flashing, debris showing to hurry via as an explosive roar echoed in the course of the planetarium. Then all of sudden ... black­ ness. And after a number of seconds ... tiny lights--stars blinking into life. i attempted to visualize myself truly going again to this occasion. was once this fairly what it was once like? It used to be a fascinating facsimile, yet faraway from what the true factor might were like. The construction of the universe is an occasion that's most unlikely to visualize safely. thankfully, this has now not discouraged peo­ ple from puzzling over what it was once like. In construction i've got tried to take you again to the start­ ning-the colossal bang explosion-so so that you can watch the uni­ verse develop and evolve. beginning with the 1st fraction of a sec­ ond, I hint the universe from its preliminary dramatic growth via to the formation of the 1st nuclei and atoms. From the following i am going to the formation of galaxies and the curious distribu­ tion they've got taken in house. ultimately I discuss the formation of parts in stars, and the 1st lifestyles at the planets round them.

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At college, although a fairly good student, he frequently skipped classes. This may be why he was not looked upon with favor by several of his professors. Of the four others who graduated with him, three were taken on immediately at ETH. Weber, his physics teacher, considered him briefly, then passed him over for two mechanical engineers. "1 was abandoned by everyone, starting at a loss on the threshold of life," he said later, referring to the time just after graduation. It was the low point of Einstein's life.

With this in mind he gave Humason a list of faint, presumably more distant, nebulae for which he wanted redshifts. He then turned to his distance measurements. They would have to be improved. Within two years Humason had obtained the spectra of 37 more nebulae and F. G. Pease, also of Mt. Wilson, had obtained an additional nine. The most distant objects were now 16 times farther out than those of his 1929 plot. Hubble had now gone carefully over his "cosmic distance ladder" strengthening each rung.

FRIEDMANN'S MODEL But a time-dependent model had already been discovered. Aleksandr Friedmann, in Russia, found in 1922 that if he discarded the cosmological constant he got an expanding universe. Born to a musical family-his father and grandfather were both composers-in St. Petersburg (now Leningrad) in 1888, Friedmann attended St. Petersburg University, specializing in mathematics, and later in theoretical meteorology. In 1914 he volunteered for the war, eventually becoming the director of a factory that manufactured aviation instruments.

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