THE DISCOVERY OF THE CHANDRASEKHAR MASS AND THE CHANDRASEKHAR-EDDINGTON CONTROVERSY

Giora Shaviv

Abstract


The so called Chandrasekhar limiting mass is a a quantum mechanical relativistic effect. The discovery and establishment of the concept involved a major controversy between the young Chandrasekhar and the hilarious Eddington. We review the origin and evolution of the controversy.

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ISSN 1210-2709 (Print)
ISSN 1805-2363 (Online)
Published by the Czech Technical University in Prague