Re: The Big Bang and Gamow

Damien Broderick (
Tue, 04 Nov 1997 09:50:47 +0000

At 07:24 AM 11/3/97 -0800, JKC wrote:

> >Actually, the prediction by Geo. (which he pronounced `Joe')
> >was 50 degrees K.

>Damien I think you're wrong [and John cited various people not called
Gamow in support]

I should have gone to my shelf. Here's Geo., in THE CREATION OF THE
UNIVERSE (1952):

`Thus when the universe was 1 second old, 1 year old, and 1 million years
old, its temperature were 15 billion, 3 million, and 3 thousand degrees
absolute, respectively. Inserting the present age of the universe (t=10^17
sec) [...] we find

Tpresent = 50 degrees absolute

which is in reasonable agreement with the actual temperature of
interstellar space.' (p. 48)

Damien Broderick