About the Book
The story of six individuals who despite extraordinary achievements in quantum mechanics, general relativity, astronomy, cosmology, and space exploration — remain for the most part unknown to the general public. They represent a cast of characters even a Hollywood writer could not dream up:
- Georges Lemaître – A Catholic priest who discovered the expansion of the universe two years before Edwin Hubble. Monsignor Lemaître also proposed our cosmos began with a “primeval atom” 0 what we now call the big bang.
- Fritz Zwicky – This cantankerous astronomer discovered dark matter, supernovae, neutron stars, galactic cosmic rays, and galaxy clusters.
- Henrietta Swan Leavitt – Hired as an unpaid volunteer to catalog star images at Harvard Observatory, her ground-breaking discovery was the stepping stone to the 20th century cosmology revolution.
- Pascual Jordan – This unheralded physicist invented quantum field theory, the most accurate and strangest theory in the history of science.
- Alexander Friedmann – This brilliant mathematician showed our cosmos could have begun in a singularity – an infinitesimally small, infinitely dense point containing the entire universe.
- Joseph Kittinger – In an act of courage beyond all sanity, “try anything” Joe became the first human in space.pace
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