Fred Hoyle: A Life In Science

Fred Hoyle: A Life In Science

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Simon Mitton
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 2/24/2011
EAN 9780521189477, ISBN10: 0521189470

Paperback, 390 pages, 23.4 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

The scientific life of Fred Hoyle (1915–2001) was truly unparalleled. During his career he wrote groundbreaking scientific papers and caused bitter disputes in the scientific community with his revolutionary theories. Hoyle is best known for showing that we are all, literally, made of stardust in his paper explaining how carbon, and then all the heavier elements, were created by nuclear reactions inside stars. However, he constantly courted controversy and two years later he followed this with his 'steady state' theory of the universe. This challenged another model of the universe, which Hoyle called the 'big bang' theory. Fred Hoyle was also famous amongst the general public. He popularised his research through radio and television broadcasts and wrote best-selling novels. Written from personal accounts and interviews with Hoyle's contemporaries, this book gives valuable personal insights into Fred Hoyle and his unforgettable life.

Foreword Paul Davies
1. An end and a beginning
2. Training for cosmology
3. The star makers
4. Hoyle's secret war
5. The nature of the Universe
6. Lives of the stars
7. Clash of Titans
8. Origin of the chemical elements
9. Matters of gravity
10. Mountains to climb
11. The watershed
12. Stones, bones, bugs and accidents

'An elegantly written and thoroughly documented biography of a great and immensely influential scientist who was a fascinating personality as well.' Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and President of the Royal Society