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Gunn, J. E. (James Edward), 1938-
Oral history interview with J. E. Gunn, 1988 January 18.
James Gunn discusses his childhood experiences and working with father to fix things; building telescopes as a boy; early reading in astronomy and cosmology; early preference for steady state model; education at Rice and California Institute of Technology (Caltech); thesis on correlation functions of galaxies; building an analog computer as a graduate student; reasons for building instruments; building a silicon-intensified target vidicon spectrograph; contributing to bringing charged coupled devices (CCDs) to astronomy; importance of hands-on experience in observational astronomy; new questions in cosmology made relevant by the inflationary universe model; too many theoretical frameworks in cosmology today; attitudes toward the inflationary universe model, the flatness problem, the horizon problem, and the anthropic principle; attitude toward de Lapparent, Geller, and Huchra's work on large-scale inhomogeneities; Cornell work on inhomogeneities; over interpretation of data; use of mental pictures in science; interaction of theory and observation in cosmology; the balance between observations and speculation in science; the ideal design for a universe; the question of whether the universe has a point; the conflict between big science and little science.
Ph.D. in astrophysics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (1966); senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and professor at both Princeton University and Caltech. Research interests have included theoretical and observational cosmology, astronomical instrumentation, the structure and evaluation of galaxies and clusters, and star formation.
Geller, Margaret J.
Gunn, J. E. (James Edward), 1938-
Huchra, John P.
California Institute of Technology
Rice University
Anthropic principle.
Astronomy -- Observations
Charge coupled devices.
Inflationary universe.
Large scale structure (Astronomy)
Steady state cosmology.
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Lightman, Alan P., 1948-, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA