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Author Wickramasinghe, Chandra, 1939-

Title A journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic life / Chandra Wickramasinghe ; edited by Kamala Wickramasinghe
Published Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 225 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
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
Summary "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." --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-220) and index
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Subject Hoyle, Fred, 1915-2001.
Wickramasinghe, Chandra, 1939-
Astronomers -- Biography.
Cosmic dust.
Life -- Origin.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Wickramasinghe, Kamala.
ISBN 9789812389114
9789812389121 (paperback)
9789812565792 (electronic bk.)
9812389121 (paperback)
9812565795 (electronic bk.)