A Journey with Fred Hoyle: The Search for Cosmic Life

A Journey with Fred Hoyle: The Search for Cosmic Life

by Chandra Chandra Wickramasinghe, Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe
     
 

This book traces the author's unique scientific journey with one of the most remarkable men of 20th-century science. A research programme which was started in 1962 on the carbonaceous nature of interstellar dust leads, over the next two decades, to developments that are continued in both Cambridge and Cardiff. These developments prompt Hoyle and the author to… See more details below

Overview

This book traces the author's unique scientific journey with one of the most remarkable men of 20th-century science. A research programme which was started in 1962 on the carbonaceous nature of interstellar dust leads, over the next two decades, to developments that are continued in both Cambridge and Cardiff. These developments prompt Hoyle and the author to postulate the organic theory of cosmic dust (which is now generally accepted), and then to challenge one of the most cherished paradigms of contemporary science - the theory that life originated on Earth in a warm primordial soup.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789812389114
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/15/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Origins : prelude to the journey1
Ch. 2Cambridge and a first meeting11
Ch. 3A hike in the lake district19
Ch. 4Betwixt the stars29
Ch. 5The route to carbon dust37
Ch. 6A theory takes shape47
Ch. 7The institute of astronomy : the vintage years53
Ch. 8Winds of change61
Ch. 9The Cardiff era69
Ch. 10The search for cosmic life77
Ch. 11Life from comets and pathogens from space95
Ch. 12First signs of life109
Ch. 13Bacterial dust predictions verified119
Ch. 14Life on the planets133
Ch. 15Evolution from space141
Ch. 16Theories of trial147
Ch. 17A fossil controversy161
Ch. 18Comet Halley and its legacy171
Ch. 19Alternative cosmologies181
Ch. 20The last decade191

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >