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Davis, M. (Marc)
Oral history interview with Marc Davis, 1988 October 14.
Marc Davis discusses his childhood in Canton Ohio and family background; early reading; education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at Princeton University; thesis work with Jim Peebles and discussion of Peebles; early work on the correlation function of galaxies; creation of the Center for Astrophysics (CFA) redshift survey in 1978; attitude toward the horizon problem; attitude toward the inflationary universe model; biasing, cold dark matter, and models of the formation of large-scale structure; attitude toward the flatness problem; attitude toward the CFA redshift surveys by de Lapparent, Geller, and Huchra; the question of whether the universe is homogeneous; relationship of theory and observation; important outstanding problems in cosmology: the Great Attractor, biasing, dark matter, galaxy formation; the ideal design of the universe; the question of whether the universe has a point.
(1947- ): Ph.D. in physics, Princeton University (1973); faculty member of the astronmoy department at Harvard University (1975-1981); professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. Research interests include the distribution and clustering of galaxies and the evolution of large-scale structure in the universe.
Davis, M. (Marc)
Geller, Margaret J.
Huchra, John P.
Peebles, P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin)
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Princeton University
Dark matter (Astronomy)
Galaxies -- Formation
Inflationary universe.
Large scale structure (Astronomy)
Red shift
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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