## Sir James Jeans: A BiographyOriginally published in 1952, this book by E. A. Milne examines the life and work of influential astrophysicist Sir James Jeans. The text includes reproductions of correspondence between Jeans and such luminaries as G. H. Hardy and G. E. Hale, and is introduced by a personal memoir by the publisher S. C. Roberts. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Jeans' work and the history of astrophysics. |

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### Contents

Merchant Taylors and Cambridge | 1 |

Princeton 19059 | 11 |

Return to England The Adams Prize Essay | 17 |

Secretary of the Royal Society 191929 | 32 |

Later Years 193146 | 74 |

Science in J eanss Boyhood | 80 |

The Partition of Energy | 89 |

Rotating Fluid Masses | 99 |

The Equilibrium of the Stars | 129 |

Jeans and Philosophy | 152 |

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