Beating the Odds: The Life and Times of E A Milne by Meg Weston Smith

By Meg Weston Smith

E A Milne used to be one of many giants of twentieth century astrophysics and cosmology. His daring principles, underpinned via his Christianity, sparked controversy -- he believed time scales function within the universe.

suffering opposed to poverty, Milne received 5 scholarships to Cambridge, yet he by no means complete his measure. In international warfare I he was once invited to strengthen Horace Darwin's machine for anti-aircraft gunnery and after the Armistice his prowess in ballistics took him immediately to a Fellowship at Trinity university, Cambridge. by means of the age of thirty he used to be a Manchester professor and a Fellow of the Royal Society. At Oxford he battled to enhance the university's angle in the direction of technology, and verified a world-centre of astrophysics. He suffered from Parkinsonism in his forties, the outcome of his having had encephalitis lethargica as a tender guy. even if, buoyed via his Christian religion, he didn't slacken his speed. while he died, two times widowed, the writer -- Milne's daughter -- was once undefined.

This e-book is born out of interest. The author's goal is to teach the human face of technology, how the process her father's lifestyles was once formed by way of condition and via the effect of illustrious buddies and co-workers resembling Einstein, Eddington, G H Hardy, J B S Haldane, Hubble, F A Lindemann and Rutherford. opposed to all odds, Milne emerged as a systematic powerhouse -- and a rebellious one at that.

Readership: Astronomers, cosmologists, mathematicians, technological know-how historians, audiences drawn to wartime scientists, the connection among technological know-how and faith, and encephalitis lethargica.

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Clearly his wartime duties as a brigade musketry officer were not commensurate with his profusion of talents. 3 Archibald Vivian Hill (1886–1977). Brackenbury Professor of Physiology at Manchester from 1920 to 1923. Professor at University College London from 1923 to 1951. Independent Member of Parliament for Cambridge University 1940 to 1945. Nobel Laureate 1922. 4 The following year, Hill’s marriage to Margaret Keynes took him into the fringes of the vast Darwin dynasty. One of her brothers was the economist John Maynard; the other, Geoffrey, a surgeon, married one of Horace Darwin’s nieces.

Indd 3 3/11/2013 3:18:55 PM b1484 4 Beating the Odds: The Life and Times of E. A. Milne Beating the Odds: The Life and Times of E. A. Milne Queen’s Dock (now the Queen’s Gardens), was wedged between a public house and a warehouse and noise penetrated its dilapidated thin walls, making even harder the task of teaching more than one class in the main room. Under these trying circumstances Sidney’s job was difficult but he was firm, calm, perhaps a trifle too serious, and earned plaudits from the people at St Mary’s Church in the Lowgate for his integrity and upright Christian rectitude.

Indd 5 3/11/2013 3:18:56 PM b1484 6 Beating the Odds: The Life and Times of E. A. Milne Beating the Odds: The Life and Times of E. A. Milne Although Arthur attended the Church of England National School in Hessle, his real education took place at home. Sidney was good with boys and, realising that Arthur was a child of exceptional promise, assiduously nourished his intellect. Sidney’s interests were primarily theological and literary but he had an immense store of general knowledge which he gently imparted during walks along the Humber estuary.

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