A Journey with Fred Hoyle: The Search for Cosmic Life

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812389121
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Origins : prelude to the journey 1
Ch. 2 Cambridge and a first meeting 11
Ch. 3 A hike in the lake district 19
Ch. 4 Betwixt the stars 29
Ch. 5 The route to carbon dust 37
Ch. 6 A theory takes shape 47
Ch. 7 The institute of astronomy : the vintage years 53
Ch. 8 Winds of change 61
Ch. 9 The Cardiff era 69
Ch. 10 The search for cosmic life 77
Ch. 11 Life from comets and pathogens from space 95
Ch. 12 First signs of life 109
Ch. 13 Bacterial dust predictions verified 119
Ch. 14 Life on the planets 133
Ch. 15 Evolution from space 141
Ch. 16 Theories of trial 147
Ch. 17 A fossil controversy 161
Ch. 18 Comet Halley and its legacy 171
Ch. 19 Alternative cosmologies 181
Ch. 20 The last decade 191
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