Jean-Pierre Luminet (born 3 June 1951) is a French astrophysicist, writer and poet, specialized in black holes and cosmology. He works as research director for the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), and is a member of the Laboratoire Univers et Théories (LUTH) of the observatory of Paris-Meudon. He also serves on the editorial board of The Astronomical Review.
- 1979 - He created the first "image" of a black hole using nothing but an early computer, lots of math and India ink.
- 2003 - An apparent periodicity in the cosmic microwave background led to the suggestion, by Jean-Pierre Luminet of the Observatoire de Paris and colleagues, that the shape of the universe is a finite dodecahedron, attached to itself by each pair of opposite faces to form a Poincaré homology sphere. During the following year, astronomers searched for more evidence to support this hypothesis but found none.
- "Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets (5001)-(10000)". IAU Minor Planet Center.
- Dumé, Belle (8 October 2003). "Is the universe a dodecahedron?". PhysicsWeb. Archived from the original on 2004-10-26.
- J.-P. Luminet et al., Dodecahedral space topology as an explanation for weak wide-angle temperature correlations in the cosmic microwave background, 2003.
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