Google celebrates astronomer Georges Lemaitre's birth anniversary

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 19, 2018

Einstein, however, was extremely impressed by another of Lemaitre's theories - the "Cosmic Egg" which later became known as the "Big Bang Theory".

Today would have been the Belgian Catholic priest's 124th birthday, which is why Google is paying tribute to the influential astronomer.

Lemaitre died on June 20, 1966, but would have a crater on the moon named after him in 1970. His role as a priest and a scientist rarely intersected. He has studied physics and astronomy at some of the world's most prestigious institutions, including Cambridge, Harvard and MIT. The German -born theoretical physicist is known to have reported back saying, "Your calculations are correct, but your physics is atrocious".

At a seminar in California, Einstein reportedly said of Lemaitre's theory: 'This is the most handsome and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I have ever listened'.

His theory of an expanding universe was put forward in a 1927 paper, which was published in 1929.

However, it was Lemaitre who was first to suggest this proposal, in his 1927 report, "A homogeneous Universe of constant mass and growing radius accounting for the radial velocity of extragalactic nebulae".

The theory, which has now been widely accepted, first appeared in 1931 in one of Lemaître's academic papers and at that time there was a significant break from the conservative.

Lemaitre called it the "hypothesis of the primeval atom", or the "Cosmic Egg".

Lemaitre gave his lecture and theory, Albert Einstein stood up and said: "this is the most handsome and satisfying explanation of the universe that I have ever heard."He was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Belgium Arts and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences".

This is a scientific theory about how the universe started, which went on to make the stars and galaxies of today.

This provided further evidence to his theory about the birth of the universe.

Still Lemaitre was not completely overlooked in his day.

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