Einstein's Oxford Blackboard : A Unique Historical Artefact

O'Raifeartaigh, Cormac (2022) Einstein's Oxford Blackboard : A Unique Historical Artefact. The Antiquarian Astronomer Vol.

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Einstein's blackboard is a well-known exhibit at the History of Science Museum at Oxford University. However, it is much less well known that the writing on the board provides a neat summary of a work of historic importance, Einstein's 1931 model of the expanding universe. As a visual representation of one of the earliest models of the universe to be proposed in the wake of Hubble's observations of the nebulae, the blackboard provides an intriguing snapshot of a key moment in modern astronomy and cosmology. In addition, one line on the blackboard that is not in Einstein's 1931 paper casts useful light on some anomalies in the calculations of that paper.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 13 pages, 1 figure, published in The Antiquarian Astronomer
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Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2023 15:35
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 15:35
URI: https://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/7691

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