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Sciama, D. W. (Dennis William), 1926-
Oral history interview with Denis William Sciama, 1978 April 14.
Background and undergraduate years at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and later return to Cambridge to study relativity under Paul A. M. Dirac, against father's wishes. Work with a Trinity fellowship, 1952-1958, alongside Herman Bondi, Thomas Gold, Fred Hoyle and Raymond Lyttleton, developing and extending steady state theory and doing other broad-scale theory. Move to University of Oxford, 1970, after other posts. Interest in Mach's Principle; abandonment of steady state theory; work of student Stephen Hawking on black holes; development and social context of cosmology. Also prominently mentioned are: Jacob David Bekenstein, Brandon Carter, Lidia Dina, Arthur Stanley Eddington, Albert Einstein, George Ellis, Gilman, William Hunter McCrea, Roger Penrose, Derek Raine, Martin J. Rees, Martin Ryle, Harold Spencer-Jones, Ludwig Wittgenstein; Cornell University, and Kings College (University of London).
Bondi, Hermann.
Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984
Eddington, Arthur Stanley, Sir, 1882-1944.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
Gold, Thomas.
Hawking, Stephen, 1942-
Hoyle, Fred, Sir
McCrea, William Hunter.
Rees, Martin J., 1942-
Sciama, D. W. (Dennis William), 1926-
Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1851.
Cornell University
King's College (University of London).
Trinity College (University of Cambridge)
University of Cambridge.
University of Oxford.
Astrophysics
Astrophysics -- History
Black holes (Astronomy)
Cosmology
Relativity (Physics)
Steady state cosmology.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Bekenstein, Jacob David.
Carter, Brandon.
Dina, Lidia.
Ellis, George F. R. (George Francis Rayner)
Gilman.
Lyttleton, Raymond Arthur
Penrose, Roger.
Raine, Derek.
Ryle, Martin, Sir, 1918-
Spencer-Jones, Harold.
Weart, Spencer R., 1942- interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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