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John Wheeler (VI) (1911–2008)

John Wheeler was born on July 9, 1911 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as John Archibald Wheeler. He was married to Janette Hegner. He died on April 13, 2008 in Hightstown, New Jersey, USA. See full bio »

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Horizon Himself
A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time Himself - Astrophysicist
Kvantefysikkens lære
Kvantefysikkens lære Himself - Astrophysicist


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 1996 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
- The Time Lords (1996) ... Himself
 1991 A Brief History of Time (Documentary)
Himself - Astrophysicist
 1990 Kvantefysikkens lære (Documentary short)
Himself - Astrophysicist
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 2008 Nova (TV Series documentary)
Himself, Princeton University
- Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives (2008) ... Himself, Princeton University

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Other Works:

Spacetime Physics. With Edwin F. Taylor. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman, 1966. 2nd ed.: New York: W.H. Freeman, 1992. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

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I like to say, when asked why I pursue science, that it is to satisfy my curiosity, that I am by nature a searcher trying to understand. If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.


Wheeler confirmed that a giant star with a mass greater than that of twice our Sun will implode when it dies. The resulting implosion is unable to create a white dwarf, a neutron star, or any other sort of dead, cold star unless it emits enough of its mass to go below the critical mass limit of twice our Sun. See more »

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