- 1897–1982 (Vervaardig)
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Arthur Stanley Eddington was born in 1888 into a Quaker family, and remained of that religion all his life. He was educated at Brynmelyn School, Weston-super-Mare, and Owen’s College, Manchester, before coming up to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1902. He graduated in 1905 and spent a short time in Cambridge as a mathematical coach, but in 1906 went to Greenwich as Chief Assistant to the Astronomer Royal. He returned to Cambridge in 1913 as Plumian Professor of Astronomy, and the following year was also appointed Director of the Cambridge Observatory. He held these posts for the rest of his life. Eddington’s most significant scientific contributions were to the study of the structure and movements of stars, the implications of Einstein’s theory of relativity, and the search for a ‘fundamental theory’ to unite the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics.
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The immediate provenance of these papers is unknown, and there is no formal documentation of their deposit. Two notes made in 1982 by David W. Dewhirst of the Cambridge Institute of Astronomy indicate that some or all of the manuscripts relating to Fundamental Theory were then in the custody of that institution, and since the notes appear to have been made at the time the papers were being transferred elsewhere, it seems likely that they came to Trinity at that date. Probably all the papers came at the same time from the same immediate source, but there is nothing to confirm this. For an account of the earlier history of the manuscripts relating to Fundamental Theory see the introduction to section B of this catalogue. A number of the documents catalogued under A, C, and D are referred to in Professor Vibert Douglas’s biography of Eddington, and it seems likely that all these papers, except those which are obviously later additions, passed through her hands. Other papers used by Douglas were deposited by her at Queen’s University, in Canada, in 1954. But the whereabouts of a number of the documents mentioned in her book are unknown.
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Inhoud en structuur
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On their arrival in the Library the papers were put into five archival boxes and numbered in the order in which they lay. A record has been kept of this initial numbering, but it has now been superseded.
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The following abbreviations have been used:
Douglas: A. Vibert Douglas, Arthur Stanley Eddington (1954) MNRAS: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ODNB: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Notebook: Eddington’s Notebook (Add. Ms. b. 48) Phil. Trans. A.: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, series A
Slater: Noel B. Slater, The Development and Meaning of Eddington’s ‘Fundamental Theory’ (1956)
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This catalogue was compiled by A. C. Green in 2007, and revised by him in 2019.