Dewey B. Larson
755 N.E. Royal Court
Portland, Oregon 97232
Apr. 20. 1984
Here are the final corrections and alterations. I have indicated the chapter numbers as requested.
Preface: I will want to add some wording recognizing the contribution of your man Muir (is that right?), and also the members of Rainer’s syndicate who are putting up the funds. I have asked him for their names, and will send you the addition to the last page of the preface when I hear from him.
Page 85: The original had 60 in both places. Correction was made in the wrong place, so we now have to reverse the two figures.
Page 151: New data on Pluto conflict with previous conclusions. This is now a matter of controversy that we should stay out of.
Page 174: This is another paragraph that gets into debatable territory, and I have decided that we are better off without it. If deleting these two sections causes any problems, I can write something innocuous to fill the spaces. Page 258: Please replace the last two sentences of the paragraph with this:
The outer shells of the white dwarfs condense in space.
Page 292: I note that earlier in the book we have capitalized this name. I suppose we should be consistent. The same applies to the term “Local Group” on page 303.
Page 629: The last line on this page is set correctly according to the general practice that you have been following. However, I want to emphasize the fact that the quotations are being offered in support of this assertion and the one beginning “The physicists’ atom”. I do not believe that the two-space indention is sufficient to make this point clear. In my opinion, 5 or 6 spaces are needed. So I would either align this last line of the page with the left margin, as “The physicists’ atom” now stands, or, if you prefer, leave this last line as it is, align “The physicists’ atom” with it, and then indent both sets of quotes—the ones between these two lines and the quotes from Feynman and Heisenberg on page 630—3 or 4 spaces more than they are now indented.
Page 666: This is not the same Irwin that I quoted earlier (John B. Irwin). This quote is from Irwin Shapiro of MIT.
Page 651: Fred Hoyle has blasted the Big Bang in the latest issue of Science Digest. A copy of the page is enclosed. As usual, he uses some rather specific language, and I think we should make use of it. Please insert the following:
Fred Hoyle states the case more bluntly. He tells us, "I have little hesitation in saying that a sickly pall now hangs over the big-bang theory.
References: You can use your own judgment as to whether you want to take care of all of the minor errors in the references. I don’t think it is very serious if a few commas are missing.
The following should be added to page 707:
349 Gold, Michael, Science 84, Mar. 1984.
35o Schorn, Ronald A., Sky and Telescope, Feb. 1984.
351 Hoyle, Fred, Science Digest; May 1984.