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Peebles, P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin)
Oral history interview with Jim Peebles, 2002 April 4 and 5.
The interview focuses primarily on Peebles' many contributions to physical cosmology: research on nucleosynthesis in the early universe in 1965, the theoretical and observational study of large scale structure formation in the 70s, and the development of the cold dark matter model and numerical simulations of structure formation, to mention the most prominent topics. Peebles describes his interactions with colleagues and other influences that shaped his research, as well as describing his own research style and the style of physicists he admires (notabley that of his mentor, Bob Dicke). He discusses in detail his response to and assessment of various other topics in cosmology, MOND, various structure formation scenarios, and quantum gravity. Brief discussion of the institutional support and funding for cosmology and how that has changed over the course of Peebles' career. Peebles also describes several of the changes that have taken place in the practice of cosmology, from describing the introduction of numerical techniques and increased interaction in particle physics, to the increasing pace of research.
Cosmology and quantum mechanics. Prof., Princeton University from 1961.
Dicke, Robert H. (Robert Henry)
Peebles, P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin)
Princeton University -- Faculty.
Cosmology -- Research.
Dark matter (Astronomy)
Large scale structure (Astronomy)
Galaxies -- Formation
Quantum gravity.
Smeenk, Chris. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA