Expanding Universe and the Origin of Elements

Gamow, George

Published by American Institute of Physics, Lancaster PA, 1946
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Title: Expanding Universe and the Origin of ...

Publisher: American Institute of Physics, Lancaster PA

Publication Date: 1946

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition


FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of George Gamow's paper marking the beginning of the Big Bang Model. "The German physicist Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker had postulated in 1938 that most elements were formed in explosions similar to that taking place in Lemaitre's primeval atom, but he did not state clearly whether the birthplace was cosmological or stellar. The turning point came in 1946, when Gamow discussed quantitatively the role of nuclear processes in relativistic cosmologies. His brief 1946 paper on the expanding universe and the origin of elements marks the beginning of modern big bang theory" (Hetherington, Cosmology). Gamow, working with his graduate student Ralph Alpher, would spend the next two years developing his theory, culminating in the famous "Alpha-Beta-Gamma" paper (The Origin of Chemical Elements) of 1948. Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries: "Gamow indication on the possibility to explain the observed chemical elements abundance-curve by assumption of unequilibrium process of elements formation during a limited interval of time. Birth of the Big Bang model." IN: The Physical Review, Vol. 70, Second Series, Numbers 7 and 8, October 1 and 15, 1946, pp. 572-3. Lancaster, PA and New York, NY: American Institute of Physics, 1946. Quarto, original wrappers neatly rebacked. Fine condition. Note: Custom cloth box available for $200. Bookseller Inventory # 676

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