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Edward Robert Harrison

Edward R. (Ted) Harrison (8 January 191929 January 2007) was a British astronomer and cosmologist, who spent much of his career at the University of Massachusetts and University of Arizona. He is noted for his work about the increase of fluctuations in the expanding universe, for his explanation of Olbers' Paradox, and for his books on cosmology for lay readers.


  • Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.
    • Smithsonian Magazine, December, 1995.
  • Why are the heavens not filled with light? Why is the universe plunged into darkness?
    • Darkness at Night: a Riddle of the Universe (1987), p. 1

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