Stellar evolution has for many years been one of the most exciting fields of research in astronomy and astrophysics. In the early 1930s, a young astrophysicist named Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar certainly felt this excitement when in his theoretical work he found a fundamental parameter that determines the destiny of stars. By appling both relativity and the new quantum mechanics, Chandrasekhar found a critical mass, below which stars end up as white dwarfs, and above which, as later work would show, they end up as neutron stars or black holes.
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October 01 1982
Chandrasekhar vs. Eddington—an unanticipated confrontation
For many years astronomers did not accept the validity of a young scientist's application of the new physics because it was ridiculed by a preeminent astronomer.
Physics Today 35 (10), 33–40 (1982);
Kameshwar C. Wali; Chandrasekhar vs. Eddington—an unanticipated confrontation. Physics Today 1 October 1982; 35 (10): 33–40. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2914790
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