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Sir Hermann Bondi

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Bondi, Sir Hermann     (Easy Link:
Mathematician, Astronomer (Deceased)

Topics: Relativity, Cosmology
Interests: Relativity, Big Bang, Steady State Universe, Cosmology
Nationality: Austrian / British
Born: Saturday, November 1, 1919
Died: Saturday, September 10, 2005 (Age 85)

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1967Assumption and Myth in Physical Theory
1962/1964/1980Relativity and Common Sense: A New Appraoch to Einstein


British mathematician and cosmologist, a former Master of Churchill College, Cambridge who developed the steady-state theory of the universe, which suggests that the universe has no beginning or end and is always expanding while maintaining a constant average density, with matter continuously created to form new stars and galaxies at the same rate that old ones become unobservable as a consequence of their increasing distance and velocity of recession. Bondi's steady-state theory stimulated a great deal of productive research in cosmology in the '50s but fell out of favor with the advent of the Big Bang theory. He also was chairman and chief executive of the Natural Environmental Research Council in 1980, held visiting professorships at several universities throughout the world, and won many international prizes and medals, including the Einstein gold medal, which he was only the second British scientist to win. He died in Cambridge, England on September 10, 2005.

Books by Sir Hermann Bondi

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Relativity and Common Sense: A New Appraoch to Einstein

by Sir Hermann Bondi

Pages: 177
Publisher: Anchor Books / Dover
Year: 1962/1964/1980
ISBN: 0486240215
ISBN: 978-0486240213

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Though critical of certain aspects of Einstein's Theories, Bondi's book generally supports them, focusing its critique instead on the accepted notions of velocity, light and time. For this reason Bondi would be better termed a "near dissident" than a "dissident", though he became more critical in later years. This early contribution was originally published as part of Doubleday Anchor Books' Science Study Series, intended for high school, undergraduate and lay-readership.  The fact that it has remained in print for nearly 50 years is proof enough of its readability.  Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, Bondi's book is unquestionable thought-provoking, and perhaps a good bridge to opening a dialogue with mainstream scientists.

From the back cover:

"The fact that Einstein's Theory of Relativity has been considered something strange and revolutionary is due, according to Professor Bondi, to several commonsense though erroneous notions about velocity, light, and time.  By viewing Newtonian physics in a different manner, a much more comprehensible picture of Relativity could be established with little trouble.  This volume proceeds to do just that, offering a radically reoriented presentation of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity that derives Relativity from Newtonian ideas, rather than in opposition to them.  It is one of the most valuable popular accounts available.

"The author first explains the concepts of force, momentum, rotation, sound, light, and the relation of these to the important concept of velocity.  He then shows how time is relative rather than absolute; how high speeds affect the nature of time; and how acceleration affects speed, time, and mass..."

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Assumption and Myth in Physical Theory

by Sir Hermann Bondi

Pages: 96
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 1967
ISBN: 0521042828
ISBN: 978-0521042826

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The Tarner Lectures Delivered at Cambridge

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by Sir Hermann Bondi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 1952/1960/1961
ISBN: B000P7X44W
ISBN: B000QA3W22

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