Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Expanding forever

From the Princeton Alumni Weekly

Andrew Lange, a brilliant astrophysicist and former chair of physics, mathematics, and astronomy at Caltech, who was the first to prove that the spatial geometry of the universe is Euclidean or "flat" and that the universe will continue to expand forever, took his own life on Jan. 21, 2010.

(Via James)

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Though there was both a bust and a portrait of [George Bernard] Shaw in the family living room, when Mr. Tunney was growing up, he thought that Shaw was merely a business partner of his father’s, because together they backed a vegetarian friend of Shaw’s in a scheme to sell yeast powder. [Gene] Tunney seldom spoke about his friend and mentor. —NYT

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