The contribution of VM Slipher to the discovery of the expanding universe

Cormac O Raifeartaigh

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    Abstract

    A brief history of the discovery of the expanding universe is presented, with an emphasis on the seminal contribution of VM Slipher. It is suggested that the well-known Hubble graph of 1929 could also be known as the Hubble-Slipher graph. It is also argued that the discovery of the expanding universe matches the traditional view of scientific advance as a gradual process of discovery and acceptance, and does not concur with the Kuhnian view of science progressing via abrupt paradigm shifts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOrigins of the Expanding Universe 1912-1932
    PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
    ISBN (Print)978-1-58381-826-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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