By Kameshwar C Wali
S Chandrasekhar, popularly referred to as Chandra, was once one of many most effective scientists of the twentieth century. The yr 2010 marks the start centenary of Chandra. His designated sort of examine, inward certain, looking a private standpoint to grasp a specific box, after which cross directly to one other was once so specific that it'll draw enormous curiosity and a focus between students.
As Chandra elucidates within the preface, ''The numerous installments describe intimately the evolution of my medical paintings in past times 40 years and documents each one research, describing the doubts and the successes, the rigors and the tribulations. And the elements my a variety of affiliates and assistants performed within the crowning glory of the several investigations are detailed''. it really is certainly a amazing and infrequent record, interesting to learn and adventure the fun, frustrations and struggles of an inventive brain
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And I wrote to Doob also. Doob’s reply, in particular, left no doubts that I was indeed wrong in my paper. The paper was finally corrected in January; and it is this corrected version that was printed. It was clear that if my theory of turbulence was along the right lines, then it could be extended to hydromagnetic turbulence as well. A problem which had occurred to me in 1949–50 (and about which I had talked to Fermi at that time) came to the fore: the problem concerns an elementary theory of hydromagnetic turbulence along the lines of Heisenberg’s theory of hydrodynamic turbulence.
D. Lee had by this time joined me at Yerkes. And in the winter and spring, I turned my attention to developing an invariant theory of hydromagnetic turbulence. Again, interesting but only formal development. Also during spring, I lectured on interstellar matter; and this led me to consider Ambarzumian’s integral equation to describe the fluctuations in brightness of the Milky Way derived from an invariance principle. I extended Ambarzumian’s discussion to the case of a finite atmosphere; and M¨ unch found the solution for the infinite case.
When however the paper by Jeffreys and Bland came out, I realized that the simple spherical problem could be treated more simply and conveniently than Jeffreys and Bland had. Indeed, as a “stunt”, Donna and I computed the characteristic values in the first approximation for the two cases (of a rigid and a free confining boundary) for l = 1, . . , 15 in exactly one day! The carrying out of the solutions in the second approximation took a few days more. The paper on Hydromagnetic Couette Flow and on the thermal instability of a fluid sphere heated within were both completed and sent to the Proceedings of the Royal Society and the Philosophical Magazine (respectively) on the same day (August 29, 1952).
A Scientific Autobiography: S. Chandrasekhar by Kameshwar C Wali