Home is where the Wind Blows: Chapters from a Cosmologist's Life

Forsideomslag
University Science Books, 1994 - 443 sider
In Home Is Where the Wind Blows, Sir Fred Hoyle, one of this century's most eminent scientists and author of dozens of successful books, both fiction and nonfiction, offers a revealing and charming account of his life and work.
Mathematician, physicist, astronomer, cosmologist - Sir Fred is perhaps best known, in scientific circles, for his brilliant explanation of the origin of the elements from hydrogen nuclei in stars (a process known as nucleosynthesis) and for developing (with Sir Hermann Bondi and Thomas Gold) the elegant but controversial steady-state theory of the Universe (which assumes the continuous creation of matter). In 1950, in the last of a series of radio lectures on astronomy that he delivered on the air for the BBC, Sir Fred coined the term "Big Bang" to characterize the competing expanding-Universe theory, which has since become the dominant paradigm. Ironically, the term has become a permanent addition to the language of cosmology.
Sir Fred's name has become well known to the general public because of his unusual ability to describe the ideas of science in a simple and accessible way. In addition to his scientific work, he has written more than a dozen works of popular science (many of them widely translated) and more than a dozen works of science fiction (most of them in collaboration with his son, Geoffrey).
In all his work, Sir Fred has shown himself to be ready and able to challenge established thinking. In the author's amusing and memorable account of his childhood in Home Is Where the Wind Blows, the reader will see how this came to be true. Possessed since infancy with a strong streak of independence, he was encouraged by his parents, throughout his school years, to trust his own judgment and to think for himself.

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Hoyle (The Intelligent Universe, 1983, etc.) is never dull. You may disagree with his latest theories; you may take issue with his interpretation of past events; but he is ever the lively protagonist ... Læs hele anmeldelsen

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Indhold

The First World War
7
Forgotten Times
20
Sir Arthur Eddington
145
At War with Germany
157
The Nutbourne Saga
167
The Saga Continues
182
The Aftermath
204
The Origin of the Chemical Elements
214
1959
307
A Vintage Year
309
Droll Stories
315
The Munros of Scotland
336
The Institute of Astronomy but Still in Slow Stages
350
The Thirtyninth Step
358
The Bay of the Birds
377
Climbing the Last Munro
395

Brave New World
234
An Unknown Level in Carbon12
256
Steps to the Watershed
268
The Watershed
287
A Lucky Ending
399
INDEX
425
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Sir Fred Hoyle was a lecturer in mathematics (1945-1956) and Plumian professor of astronomy and experimental philosophy (1958-1972) at Cambridge.

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