Making the transition from Newton to Einstein: Chandrasekhar’s work on the post-Newtonian approximation and radiation reaction

  title={Making the transition from Newton to Einstein: Chandrasekhar’s work on the post-Newtonian approximation and radiation reaction},
  author={Bernard F. Schutz},
  journal={Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy},
  • B. Schutz
  • Published 1 December 1996
  • Physics
  • Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy
Chandra first became interested in general relativity in the early 1930s. He had already discovered that white dwarfs had a maximum mass, and Eddington had pointed out that this would imply that stars of a larger mass could collapse to black holes. Eddington thought this idea so abhorrent that he felt forced to dismiss Chandra’s work on white dwarfs; this story is described elsewhere in this volume. But Chandra drew the opposite conclusion. He realised that he would need to understand general… 
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