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Intelligent Universe [Hardcover]

by Fred Hoyle
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March 1988 0030700833 978-0030700835
Intelligent Universe (Fred Hoyle). This 256-page hardcover was published in 1983 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston.


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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars FRED hOYLE AND THE INTELLIGENT UNIVERSE 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Alone in the middle 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fred Hoyle, astrophysicist exraordinaire 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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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, but tells only one side December 16, 2007
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It does not take much time to read this book because half of the space is covered by illustrations. If you are a student who is assigned to make a book report, and if you want the teacher to think you did twice as much reading as you really did, this might be the book for you.

In this book, Fred Hoyle expresses an opinion which is rejected by most other scientists. He claims that all of life on our planet is descended from microbes which arrived in a meteor shower. Although other scientists say that a microbe could not survive the hot temperature which results from entering the atmosphere, Hoyle argues to the contrary.

If we progressed from microbes to humans, then one would think that life then proceeded according to Darwin's description, but Hoyle argues that such a process would be impossible. What he proposes as an alternative is not quite clear to me. On page 250, the next-to-the-last page of the book, he tells us that the microorganisms merged to create macroorganisms. However, on page 117, he says that our genes have been granted from extraterrestrial sources. This leaves several questions unanswered: Is this the same planet that the microscopic meteorite came from? And if so, does this mean that the meteor shower was not a natural phenomenon, but the work of intelligent life on that planet? How can an outside agent donate genes to another species? How can that agent accomplish this while escaping the gleeful discovery of millions of UFO enthusiasts? Furthermore, why would an outside civilization bother populating our planet but want nothing else to do with us?

If Hoyle had such a great scientific idea, why did he take his idea straight to the lay reader instead of submitting it to peer review? Probably because he knew it wouldn't do any good.
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