Alexander Friedmann and the origins of modern cosmology
Friedmann, who died young in 1925, deserves to be called the father of Big Bangcosmology. But his seminal contributions have been widely misrepresented and undervalued.
I thank Larry Horwitz, Alexei Kojevnikov, Zinovy Reichstein, Robert Schmidt, Reinhold Bien, Dierck Liebscher, Leos Ondra, Evgeny Shapiro, and Eduardo Vila Echagüe for helpful discussions.
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