Arthur Eddington

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In existographies, Arthur Eddington (73-11 BE) (1882-1944 ACM) (IQ:155|#786) (ID:2.54|61) (PR:4,616|65AE / astronomer:26) (Murray 4000:16|A) (Simmons 100:37) (GPE:#) (EPD:F2) (CR:95) (LH:10) (TL:105|#118) was an English mathematician, astronomer, physicist, and philosopher, noted for []


Eddington is noted for his 1919 trip to the Principe Island (off the west coast of Africa) to measure the solar eclipse, to test the validity of Einstein’s mass bends light conjecture (which proved correct); for his “The Internal Constitution of Stars”, after dismissing the “contraction hypothesis” model of the sun’s energy, e.g. as advanced by William Thomson, stated the sun’s energy comes from hydrogen transmuting into helium;  and for his 1928 Gifford Lectures turned book The Nature of the Physical World, in which, in his famous chapter four "The Running-Down of the Universe", he introduced a number of terms such as the time’s arrow (or arrow of time), entropy-clock, the “shuffling cards model of entropy", the association between entropy and beauty, among various famous thermodynamics quotes laymanized discussions.


Eddington was a Christian scientist, in very closeted form.

In 1966, Ian Barbour, in his Issues in Science and Religion (pg. 133), cites Eddington's The Nature of the Physical World (1928) as arguing the uncertainty principles provides a scientific basis for the defense of the "idea of human freedom"; also his Science and the Unseen World (1929) for support of philosophical idealism model of the thesis that "reality is basically mental".



Eddington influenced: Alan Watts.


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The following are quotes:

“So far as physics is concerned, time’s arrow is a property of entropy alone.”
— Arthur Eddington (1928), The Nature of the Physical World (pg. 80)[1]

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  1. Eddington, Arthur. (1928). The Nature of the Physical World (pg. 80). MacMillan.



  • Anon. (2018). “Arthur Eddington Biography” (YT), Famous People Bio, Nov 15.

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