Fred Hoyles Universe: The Man Who Brought Space Down to Earth

Hardcover | June 24, 2005

byJane Gregory

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Fred Hoyle was one of the most widely acclaimed and colourful scientists of the twentieth century, a down-to-earth Yorkshireman who combined a brilliant scientific mind with a relish for communication and controversy.Best known for his steady-state theory of cosmology, he described a universe with both an infinite past and an infinite future. He coined the phrase 'big bang' to describe the main competing theory, and sustained a long-running, sometimes ill-tempered, and typically public debate with his scientificrivals. He showed how the elements are formed by nuclear reactions inside stars, and explained how we are therefore all formed from stardust. He also claimed that diseases fall from the sky, attacked Darwinism, and branded the famous fossil of the feathered Archaeopteryx a fake. Throughout his career, Hoyle played a major role in the popularization of science. Through his radio broadcasts and his highly successful science fiction novels he became a household name, though his outspokenness and support for increasingly outlandish causes later in life at times antagonized thescientific community. Jane Gregory builds up a vivid picture of Hoyle's role in the ideas, the organization, and the popularization of astronomy in post-war Britain, and provides a fascinating examination of the relationship between a maverick scientist, the scientific establishment, and the public. Through the life ofHoyle, this book chronicles the triumphs, jealousies, rewards, and feuds of a rapidly developing scientific field, in a narrative animated by a cast of colourful astronomers, keeping secrets, losing their tempers, and building their careers here on Earth while contemplating the nature of the stars.

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Fred Hoyle was one of the most widely acclaimed and colourful scientists of the twentieth century, a down-to-earth Yorkshireman who combined a brilliant scientific mind with a relish for communication and controversy.Best known for his steady-state theory of cosmology, he described a universe with both an infinite past and an infinite ...

Jane Gregory is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.37 inPublished:June 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198507917

ISBN - 13:9780198507918

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Table of Contents

1. Coming to light2. Hut No. 23. Into the limelight4. New world5. Under fire6. New genesis7. The end of the endless cosmos8. Fighting for space9. Storm clouds10. 'Dear Mr Hogg'11. His institute12. The end of the beginning13. The Astronomer Hoyle14. The beginning of the end15. Freelance scientist16. Apocalyptic visions17. Anti-Darwin18. A new cosmology

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`lucid and enjoyable'Daily Telegraph