“In some strange way, any new fact or insight that I may have found has not seemed to me as a ‘discovery’ of mine, but rather something that had always been there and that I had chanced to pick up.”
-Subrahmanyan “Chandra” Chandrasekhar,
Indian-American astrophysicist, Nobel laureate.
At age 19, Chandra paved the way for the study of black holes by predicting that stars heavier than a certain critical limit would collapse into infinitely dense “singularities.”
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