Fred Hoyle’s Universe

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N.C. Wickramasinghe, Geoffrey Burbidge, J.V. Narlikar
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 31, 2003 - Science - 328 pages
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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Contents

PERSONAL REMINISCENCE
7
WORKING WITH FRED 194249
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FRED HOYLE AND NAVAL RADAR 19415
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FRED HOYLE AND THE ANGLOAUSTRALIAN TELESCOPE
23
FRED HOYLE AND MANCHESTER
29
SIR FRED HOYLE MEMORIAL CONFERENCE
41
STELLAR STRUCTURES AND EVOLUTION
45
FREDS CONTRIBUTIONS TO STELLAR EVOLUTION
47
RESEARCH WITH FRED
171
THE DISCOVERY OF MAJOR NEW PHENOMENOLOGY IN SPIRAL DISCS AND ITS THEORETICAL MEANING
179
THE PREHISTORY OF THE STEADY STATE THEORY
191
INTERSTELLAR MATTER
199
INTERSTELLAR MATTER AND STAR FORMATION
201
ELEVATING THE STATUS OF DUST
217
COMETS
231
GIANT COMETS AND HUMAN CULTURE
233

FRED HOYLE RED GIANTS AND BEYOND
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SOME REMARKS ON SOLAR NEUTRINOS
61
NOVAE AS THERMONUCLEAR LABORATORIES
73
THE EDDINGTON MISSION
83
BLACK HOLE BINARY DYNAMICS
87
COSMOLOGY
93
NUMERICAL COINCIDENCES AND TUNING IN COSMOLOGY
95
WORKING WITH FRED ON ACTION AT A DISTANCE
109
GRAVITY FROM SPACETIME THERMODYNAMICS
127
A STATISTICAL EVALUATION OF ANOMALOUS REDSHIFT CLAIMS
139
REDSHIFT PERIODICITIES THE GALAXYQUASAR CONNECTION
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AN EXCEPTIONAL COSMIC INFLUENCE AND ITS BEARING ON THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN CULTURE AS EVIDENT IN THE APPARE...
241
PANSPERMIA
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PANSPERMIA ACCORDING TO HOYLE
255
ASTRONOMY OR BIOLOGY?
259
A BALLOON EXPERIMENT TO DETECT MICROORGANISMS IN THE OUTER SPACE
275
A MICROBIOLOGIST LOOKS AT PANSPERMIA
283
WHAT DARWIN MISSED
291
COSMIC GENES IN THE CRETACEOUSTERTIARY TRANSITION
307
REMEMBERING FRED HOYLE
313
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