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Rees, Martin J., 1942-
Oral history interview with Martin Rees, 1988 March 30.
Martin Rees discusses his early interest in natural phenomena; early reading in science; education at Cambridge; graduate work at Cambridge; influence of Dennis Sciama; work with Sciama on the steady state theory; Sciama's attitutde toward science; attitude of the Cambridge community toward the results of Martin Ryle on radio counts and challenges to the steady state model; early thinking on the horizon problem; Misner's work on the horizon problem; attitude toward the horizon problem and the role of quantum gravity; relationship of flatness problem to horizon problem; attitude toward the flatness problem; early history of inflationary ideas of Starobinsky and Englert; initial reaction to the inflationary universe model; importance of nonconservation of baryons to inflationary theories; reaction to de Lapparant, Geller, and Huchra's work on large-scale inhomogeneities; history of research on inhomogeneities in the universe; early work by Russians on the pancake model of galaxy formation; new cosmological problems that can be addressed in terms of physics rather than in terms of initial conditions: photon-to-baryon ratio, inflation, origin of density fluctuations; prematurity of cosmological questions; importance of evidence for dark matter; the success of the standard big bang model in surviving observational tests; relationship between theory and observation in cosmology; importance of understanding galactic evolution; outstanding problems in cosmology: initial conditions, origins of fluctuations, galaxy formation; question of whether the universe is inherently unique; ideal design of the universe; desire for unending complexities in the laws of nature; question of whether the universe has a point.
Ph.D. astrophysics, Cambridge University (1967); professor of astronomy and experimental philosophy at Cambridge University. Research interests have included astrophysics, cosmology, gravitation, adn space science.
Englert, F.
Geller, Margaret J.
Huchra, John P.
Misner, Charles W.
Rees, Martin J., 1942-
Ryle, Martin, Sir, 1918-
Sciama, D. W. (Dennis William), 1926-
University of Cambridge
Big bang theory
Cosmology
Dark matter (Astronomy)
Galaxies -- Evolution
Galaxies -- Formation
Inflationary universe.
Large scale structure (Astronomy)
Quantum gravity.
Steady state cosmology.
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Lightman, Alan P., 1948-, interviewer.
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