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Of men and galaxies

by Fred Hoyle

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Review of `Of men and galaxies' by Fred Hoyle   (2014-01-02)

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Review of `Of men and galaxies' by Fred Hoyle.

CITATION: Hoyle, F. (2005). Of men and galaxies. Amherst, N.Y: Prometheus Books.

Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer

`Of men and galaxies' by Fred Hoyle is based on the third series of John Danz Lectures delivered at the University of Washington in 1964, 'Of Men and Galaxies' by Fred Hoyle. These three lectures, only occupying seventy pages, were published in the `Great Minds series'. In them, Hoyle comments on the nature of the scientific enterprise, gives his view of life on Earth from the perspective of astronomy, and speculates about the future.

This book is of a general nature due to the conditions that related to the John Danz Lectures, so it does not specifically mention the steady state theory of the universe for which Hoyle argued and which is no longer accepted or the `big bang' theory now popular with which Hoyle disagreed, though he coined the term `big bang'. Hoyle was a great scientific communicator and a wonderful advocate for astronomy.

Hoyle ends the last of the three lectures by paraphrasing a verse from Psalm 121 where his paraphrase is "I will lift up my eyes to the `sky', from whence cometh my help." whereas Psalm 121 says "I will lift up my eyes to the `hills', from whence cometh my help." Is this accidental or is Hoyle implying that assistance to the earth's problems will eventually come from outer space?

It is a book worth while reading.


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