Willem de Sitter

Einstein's Friend and Opponent

  • Jan Guichelaar

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 273-278

About this book


This is a thorough, very readable and excellently illustrated biography of Willem de Sitter (1872-1934), one of the most influential astronomers of his time, and also a co-author and correspondent of Einstein. Authored by a physicist and skilled writer, the book gives a beautiful and accessible description of the physics debated by Einstein and de Sitter, as well as the latter's alternative cosmological model, later known as the De Sitter Universe. But this is just part of a fascinating and varied life story involving numerous contributions to astronomy, as well as many places and personalities of early 20th century physics. The book will appeal to all those interested in astronomy and physics and their history.


Einstein's cosmology Cosmological models Gravitation from Newton to Einstein Jacobus Kapteyn David Gill Galilean moons of Jupiter Presidents of the Royal Astromical Society De Sitter and Eddington Theoretical physics in Leiden during the First World War The Einstein-De Sitter Universe de Sitter biography

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan Guichelaar
    • 1
  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98336-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98337-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0613
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0621
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