Sunday, November 22, 2009

Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944)

  • Arthur Stanley Eddington - Mac Tutor Biography
  • Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, OM, FRS (28 December 1882 – 22 November 1944) believed he had identified an algebraic basis for fundamental physics, which he termed "E-frames" (representing a certain group - a Clifford algebra). While his theory has long been neglected by the general physics community, similar algebraic notions underlie many modern attempts at a grand unified theory. Moreover, Eddington's emphasis on the values of the fundamental constants, and specifically upon dimensionless numbers derived from them, is nowadays a central concern of physics.
  • One recent tribute to Eddington's ideas: an article on "The Numbers Universe" (Ross A. McPherson, EJTP 5, No. 18, 81–94 (2008)).