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Intelligent Universe Hardcover – March 1, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0030700835 ISBN-10: 0030700833

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Book Sales (March 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030700833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030700835
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walter Beinssen on February 12, 2014
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Fred Hoyle, who was the British Astronomer Royal for many years, argues in his book that life did not begin on Earth from inorganic chemicals "in some warm pond" as Charles Darwin proposed, but was instead seeded from space. He makes a very convincing case for this proposition. However, he goes a step further and proposes that the universe is in fact an intelligent entity which is "evolving" or developing itself in accordance with some great plan, getting ever more complex through this process.

He does not prove his theory in this book, in my opinion, but it is a beautiful idea elegantly explained for the lay person.

Hoyle received strong criticism from the scientific community, especially after he repudiated the 'Big Bang" theory in favour of a 'Steady state' explanation of the Universe's beginnings. There is no denying that Hoyle was a great scientist. His book is an absorbing read for anyone who has ever wondered about the great mysteries of space and time.
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I Foolishly loaned out my original copy of this book. Now I have a good copy for my reference shelf.
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Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) was an English astronomer noted primarily for his contribution to the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and cosmology; he also coined the term "Big Bang" (as a sarcastic comment, in contrast to his own "Steady-State" theory). He wrote several books with Chandra Wickramasinghe (Lifecloud: Origin of Life in the Universe, Diseases from Space, and Evolution from Space, and this 1983 book is basically a "popularization" of his earlier books.

He wrote in the Foreword, "For what reason do we live our lives at all? Biology, as it is presently taught, answers that the purpose is to produce the next generation... There is nothing but continuity, not purpose except continued existence... Even if we grant for a moment that this proposition if true, so what? There are many things that would assist our survival which we do not possess... it would often have been an advantage in moments of great danger to be able to run like a hare or to soar away from the danger... But we can do neither... the logic is back-to-front... advantage does not automatically generate that which would be an advantage, either in biology or elsewhere..." (Pg. 6)

He adds, "natural selection acts like a sieve. It can distinguish between species presented to it, but it cannot decide what species should be sieved in the first place. The control over what is presented to the sieve has to enter terrestrial biology from outside itself... from far outside the confines of our planet...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jobltz on October 10, 2013
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Hoyle was a prominent astronomer, knighted for his contributions. This book delineates his justifiable dissatisfaction with Big Bang theory, which I appreciated. However, his only replacement was a "static" universe, since he did not want to permit creation as an option (implying God's existence), which I consider supported by proper analysis of astronomical data. As a result he has few comrades-in-arms.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Rogers on August 1, 2013
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Fred Hoyle, astrophysicist exraordinaire, is in danger of being a forgotten genius in part for his refusal to accept the big bang theory and, no doubt, for his refusal to accept that life originated on Earth. This book is not an easy read but Fred does his best to explain the rather difficult subject matter. For newcomers to Hoyle I would suggest reading "The Nature of the Universe" first which explains how stars come into being and how the solar sytem was born.
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