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George
2018-Oct-31, 05:42 PM
Hubble Law is now the Hubble-Lemaitre Law, per the new approved resolution of the IAU (https://aleteia.org/2018/10/30/big-bang-theory-renamed-to-give-credit-to-catholic-astronomer/).

78% of the 4k votes (of 11k members) approved the title change.

Here (https://forum.cosmoquest.org/showthread.php?169860-Praguenosis-in-Vienna-for-Possible-Hubble-Lemaitre-law) is a UT article about it as far back as 2011. Perhaps this helped get the ball rolling?

I suppose the also means it is now the Hubble-Lemaitre Constant as well, right?

antoniseb
2018-Oct-31, 08:44 PM
I resist change, and don't like uttering extra syllables, but this is deserved. Not dissing Hubble's hard observational work, but Lemaitre deserves most of the credit.

George
2018-Oct-31, 09:35 PM
I resist change, and don't like uttering extra syllables, but this is deserved. Not dissing Hubble's hard observational work, but Lemaitre deserves most of the credit.

Agreed, there were many others but they did not shine as brightly as Lemaitre, though Friedman came close partly because he was ahead of Lemaitre but he didn't connect the dots as nicely. If it's true that Einstein was first to stand and applaud Lemaitre after one of his Big Bang presentations, after Einstein had earlier called his physics abominable, then it's hard to not take notice.

Besides, I, likely moronically, love an oxymoronic pun for a title. ;)

But will this mean that the name of the constant changes as well? I would assume so.