Jeans, Sir James - The Mysterious Universe - Curved space
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Sir James Jeans – The Mysterious Universe 1948
As we shall see .. this theory [relativity] tells us that space itself is curved, much in the same way in which the surface of the earth is curved. The curvature of space is responsible for the curving of rays of light which is observed at a solar eclipse and for the curvature in the paths of planets and comets, which we used to attribute to a ‘force’ of gravitation…..
……These conclusions are of great interest, because it has for some years been remarked that the remote spiral nebulae are, to all appearances, rushing away from the earth and so presumably also from one another, at terrific speeds, which become greater and greater the farther we recede into space. The last nebula investigate at Mount Wilson – one of the most distant which can be observed in the great 100 inch telescope – was found to be receding at the terrific rate of 15,000 miles a second