Georges Lema\^itre: Life, Science and Legacy

@article{Mitton2016GeorgesLL,
  title={Georges Lema\^itre: Life, Science and Legacy},
  author={Simon A. Mitton},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  year={2016}
}
  • S. Mitton
  • Published 9 December 2016
  • Education
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
This paper celebrates the remarkable life, science and legacy of Abb\'e Georges Lema\^itre, the Belgian cleric and professor of physics; he was the architect of the fireworks model for the origin of the universe. He died half a century ago, three days after learning that Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson had discovered the cosmic microwave background. Despite being gravely ill from leukaemia, Lema\^itre lucidly praised this news, which confirmed the explosive genesis of our universe. 

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