Fred Hoyle's Universe: Proceedings of a Conference Celebrating Fred Hoyle's Extraordinary Contributions to Science 25-26 J by N.C. WickramasingheFred Hoyle's Universe: Proceedings of a Conference Celebrating Fred Hoyle's Extraordinary Contributions to Science 25-26 J by N.C. Wickramasinghe

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EditorN.C. Wickramasinghe, Geoffrey Burbidge, J.V. Narlikar

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This volume contains papers presented at an international conference to celebrate Fred Hoyle's monumental contributions to astronomy, astrophysics and astrobiology and more generally to humanity and culture. The contributed articles highlight the important aspects of his scientific life and show how much of an example and inspiration he has been for over three generations in the 20th century. There are a few people of whom it could be said they changed the way we perceive the world. Galileo Galilei, Nicholas Copernicus and Isaac Newton were amongst these. The inclusion of Fred Hoyle in this elite group may be contentious at the moment for the reason that in challenging the most cherished of Holy Grails in science he unwittingly offended many. But once the dust has settled over the many disputes that were raised and in the fullness of time there can be little doubt that Fred Hoyle will be ranked alongside these figures of history. Hoyle perceived science with an indomitable passion and an obsessive desire to find the truth wherever it lay. His singleness of purpose in this great mission and his deep suspicion of orthodoxy, his powerful intellect and imagination set him apart from most of his contemporaries in the last century. This volume includes papers presented at a commemorative conference held in Cardiff in June 2002. The material divides naturally into several sections: Personal Reminiscences, Stellar Structure and Evolution, Cosmology, Interstellar Matter, Comets and finally Panspermia. Each article pays its own tribute to Fred Hoyle for his inspiration and guidance that led to major breakthroughs in astrophysics and space science throughout the 20th century.

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Title:Fred Hoyle's Universe: Proceedings of a Conference Celebrating Fred Hoyle's Extraordinary…Format:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 10.98 × 8.27 × 0 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Foreword from Vice Chancellor Dr David Grant CBE. Introductory Remarks; G. Burbidge. I: Personal Reminiscences. Working with Fred; H. Bondi. Fred Hoyle and Naval Radar 1941 45; C. Domb. Fred Hoyle and the Anglo-Australian Telescope; M. Burbidge. Fred Hoyle and Manchester; R.M. Davies. Meeting with a remarkable man; R. Meyers. II: Stellar Structure and Evolution. Fred's contribution to stellar evolution; L. Mestel. Stellar evolution; J. Faulkner. Some remarks on solar neutrinos; D.O. Gough. Novae as thermonuclear laboratories; D.D. Clayton. The Eddington mission; I. Roxburgh. Blach hole binary dynamics; S.J. Aarseth. III: Cosmology. Work with Fred on action at a distance; J.V. Narlikar. Gravity from spacetime thermodynamics; T. Padmanabhan. A statistical evaluation of anomalous redshift claims; W. Napier. Redshift periodicities, the galaxy-quasar connection; W.G. Tift. Research with Fred; H. Arp. The discovery of major new phenomenology in spiral discs and its theoretical meaning; D.F. Roscoe. The prehistory of the steady state universe; R. Temple.IV: Interstellar Matter. Fred Hoyle and interstellar matter; P.M. Solomon. Elevating the status of dust; C. Wikramasinghe. V: Comets. Giant comets and human culture; W. Napier. An exceptional cosmic influence and its bearing on the evolution of human culture as evident in the apparent early development of mathematics and astronomy; S.V.M. Clube. VI: Panspermia. Panspermia according to Hoyle; C. Wikramasinghe. A balloon experiment to detect microorganisms in outer space; J.V. Narlikar, et al. A microbiologist looks at panspermia; M. Wainwright. What Darwin missed; A.K. Campbell. Cosmic genes in the Cretaceous-Tertiary transition; M.K. Wallis.

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Fred Hoyle's Universe, edited by C. Wickramasinghe, G. Burbridge and J. Narlikar. ISBN 1-4020-1415-5                                                                                          'This book is a joy to have. It is a marvelous tribute to the life and achievements of Fred Hoyle, written by those who knew him first hand, wether as wartime colleagues, research students, or employees.' (Simon Mitton)  A&G vol. 45, 2004