A Scientific Autobiography: S. Chandrasekhar by Kameshwar C Wali

By Kameshwar C Wali

S Chandrasekhar, popularly referred to as Chandra, was once one of many greatest scientists of the 20 th century. The yr 2010 marks the beginning centenary of Chandra. His detailed form of learn, inward sure, looking a private point of view to grasp a selected box, after which go directly to one other used to be so special that it'll draw substantial curiosity and a focus between students.

As Chandra elucidates within the preface, ''The numerous installments describe intimately the evolution of my medical paintings up to now 40 years and documents each one research, describing the doubts and the successes, the pains and the tribulations. And the components my a number of affiliates and assistants performed within the of completion of different investigations are detailed''. it really is certainly a impressive and infrequent record, interesting to learn and adventure the thrill, frustrations and struggles of an inventive brain

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A Scientific Autobiography: S. Chandrasekhar At about this time, Burbidge was visiting Yerkes and I recall telling him of the flood of problems which occurred to me at this time: the stability of jets, the effect of a magnetic field on Jeans’ criterion, the Taylor problem (Couette flow). ). Not only had I recaptured, once again, an enthusiastic feeling for my work, I also received news of the award of the Bruce Medal. The winter months were busy ones. The paper on the inhibition of convection was completed and sent on January 15.

I was impressed by his persistence and patent enthusiasm. Donnelly told me about his problem in He II; and I got sufficiently interested in it and agreed to collaborate with him on his problem. Our association which was to become a very profitable one was thus begun. I really did not understand the real physics of He II. But given the macroscopic description, it was not difficult to work out the stability theory. This is what I did. The two papers which resulted were sent to the Royal Society in February 1957.

The basic mathematical problem as formulated in XXI (Sec. 3) was achieved during this weekend. I remember taking Ledoux to Walworth that Sunday morning and expressing my confidence that the problem could be solved. Later in the day, I thought I had it. I called up Henyey to tell him. But on Monday I realized that I had not in fact got it. However, I had accumulated enough confidence, and by Tuesday I knew how to get the solution. ) With the interpolation problem (F (xα ) = λα F (−xα ), α = 1, .

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