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Hubble’s Law name change urged, to recognize Big Bang pioneer, Fr. Georges Lemaitre

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Georges Lemaitre, 1933

Belgian priest Lemaitre apparently got the idea, which “underpins modern cosmology,” two years before Edwin Hubble:

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) recommends that the law now be known as the Hubble–Lemaître law. In the 1920s, the Belgian described in French how the expansion of the Universe would cause galaxies to move away from Earth at speeds proportional to their distance. He did this two years earlier than US astronomer Edwin Hubble used his own data to establish the same relationship. Of the 4,060 astronomers who cast votes (out of around 11,072 eligible members) 78% were in favour of the change.Elizabeth GIbney, “Belgian priest recognized in Hubble law name change” at Nature

This image represents the evolution of the Universe, starting with the Big Bang. The red arrow marks the flow of time.
Big Bang/NASA

These name changes, like the downgrading of Pluto to a “dwarf planet,” can be political footballs and insiders hope it doesn’t matter much.

Note: Georges Lemaitre was a fan of Einstein and he is said to have developed the “Cosmic Egg” theory to support Einstein’s work. Fred Hoyle, who thought the theory ridiculous, wisely renamed it the Big Bang, sparing the world many foolish smashed-egg jokes.

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3 Replies to “Hubble’s Law name change urged, to recognize Big Bang pioneer, Fr. Georges Lemaitre

  1. 1
    Nonlin.org says:

    “Priest proves Book of Genesis”… meanwhile,

    Hey News,

    Is ‘Nature’ and ‘Babylon Bee’ one and the same?
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07225-z

    Fake science from end to end: “Because geneticists don’t yet know which parts of the genome are being shaped by natural selection, they must train their deep-learning algorithms on simulated data.”

  2. 2
    AaronS1978 says:

    I believe Fred Hoyle was mocking the theory when he called it the Big Bang theory

  3. 3
    News says:

    AaronS1978, yes he was. But the name lost that tang through repetition.

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