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Anderson and Stoner Published White Dwarf Mass Limits Before Chandrasekhar

@article{Blackman2011AndersonAS,
  title={Anderson and Stoner Published White Dwarf Mass Limits Before Chandrasekhar},
  author={Eric G. Blackman},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  year={2011}
}
  • E. Blackman
  • Published 7 March 2011
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
In their engaging recountals of Chandrasekhar's extraordinary career (Physics Today, vol 63, Issue 12, Dec 2010), neither Dyson nor Wali mention that Chandrasekhar was the third person not the first, to publish a white dwarf mass limit incorporating a relativistic treatment of degenerate electrons. As it has become a common misconception that Chandrasekhar was the first, a clarifying reminder on this historical point is warranted. In short, the white dwarf mass limit widely attributed to…