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The Scientific Legacy of Fred Hoyle

Edited By: Douglas Gough

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2011 | #194275 | ISBN-13: 9781107402867
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Fred Hoyle was a remarkable scientist, and made an immense contribution to solving many important problems in astronomy. Several of his obituaries commented that he had made more influence on the course of astrophysics and cosmology in the second half of the twentieth century than any other person. This 2005 book found its basis in a meeting that was held in recognition of his work, and contains chapters by many of Hoyle's scientific collaborators. Each chapter reviews an aspect of Fred Hoyle's work; many of the subjects remain of key relevance. The chapters are not confined to the discoveries of Hoyle's own time, but also discuss research areas that were formed out of his pioneering work, particularly on the interstellar medium and star formation, the structure of stars, nucleosynthesis, gravitational dynamics, and cosmology. This wide-ranging overview will be valuable to established researchers in astrophysics and cosmology, and also to professional historians of science.

... a fitting tribute to an extraordinarily original mind.
- New Scientist

"A mixture of history of science, measured reflection, and still a hint of controversy, this is a fascinating read."
- The Observatory


Contents

Introduction M. Rees

1. Fred Hoyle's major work in the context of astronomy and astrophysics today W. L. W. Sargent
2. Sir Fred Hoyle and the theory of the synthesis of the elements D. Arnett
3. Fred Hoyle: contributions to the theory of galaxy formation G. Efstathiou
4. Highlights of Fred Hoyle's work on interstellar matter and star formation P. M. Solomon
5. Accretion H. Bondi
6. From dust to life C. Wickramasinghe
7. Worlds without end or beginning J. D. Barrow
8. Evolutionary cosmologies - then and now M. S. Longair
9. Alternative ideas in cosmology J. N. Narlikar
10. Red Giants - then and now J. Faulkner
11. Modern alchemy: Fred Hoyle and element building by neutron capture E. M. Burbidge
12. Concluding remarks G. Burbidge.

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