Item description for A Journey With Fred Hoyle: The Search for Cosmic Life by Chandra Wickramasinghe...
This is the story of the author's unique scientific journey with one of the most remarkable men of 20th century science. The journey begins in Sri Lanka, the author's native country, with his childhood acquaintance with Fred Hoyle's writings. The action then moves to Cambridge, where the famous Hoyle-Wickramasinghe collaborations begin. 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. A Journey with Fred Hoyle is an intriguing book that traces the progress of a collaboration spanning 40 years, through a sequence of personal reflections, anecdotes and reminiscences. Ideas that were thought heretical 25 years ago are now quietly slipping into the domain of orthodox science.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2005
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812389113 ISBN13 9789812389114
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More About Chandra Wickramasinghe
Chandra Wickramasinghe is a world-renowned astronomer. He holds the chair of applied mathematics and astronomy at Cardiff University, and in 1986 he was awarded the International Dag Hammarskjold Gold Medal for Science. In 1996 he was awarded, along with Arthur C. Clarke, the International Sahabdeen Prize for Science.
Chandra Wickramasinghe has an academic affiliation as follows - The University of Buckingham, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, Unit.