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A journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic life

Author: Chandra Wickramasinghe; Kamala Wickramasinghe
Publisher: Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Chandra Wickramasinghe; Fred Hoyle; N C Wickramsinghe; N C Wickramasinghe; Fred Hoyle, Sir.; Fred Hoyle; Chandra Wickramasinghe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chandra Wickramasinghe; Kamala Wickramasinghe
ISBN: 9812389113 9789812389114 9812389121 9789812389121
OCLC Number: 58734061
Description: xiii, 225 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Origins: prelude to the journey --
Cambridge and a first meeting --
A hike in the lake district --
Betwixt the stars --
The route to carbon dust --
A theory takes shape --
The Institute of Astronomy: the vintage years --
Winds of change --
The Cardiff era --
The search for cosmic life --
Life from comets and pathogens from space --
First signs of life --
Bacterial dust predictions verified --
Life on the planets --
Evolution from space --
Theories of trial --
A fossil controversy --
Comet Halley and its legacy --
Alternative cosmologies --
The last decade.
Responsibility: Chandra Wickramasinghe ; edited by Kamala Wickramasinghe.

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"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."--Jacket.

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