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The Nature of the Universe. Hardcover – January, 1960

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Fred Hoyle had a series of radio programs in England printed in The Nature of the Universe. Sir Frederick "Fred" Hoyle FRS (24 June 1915 - 20 August 2001)[1] was an English astronomer and mathematician noted primarily for his contribution to the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and his often controversial stance on other cosmological and scientific matters-in particular his rejection of the "Big Bang" theory, a term originally coined by him on BBC radio. In addition to his work as an astronomer, Hoyle was a writer of science fiction, including a number of books co-written with his son Geoffrey Hoyle. Hoyle spent most of his working life at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge and served as its director for a number of years. He died in Bournemouth, England, after a series of strokes. Dark Blue Hardcover, Gold writing,142 pages Inside front and back covers has orion and Dark Bay, Mount Wilson Observatory, 12 pages of black and white stellar photos and galaxies.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (January 1960)
  • ISBN-10: 0060028203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060028206
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,246,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle is best known for his advocacy of the steady-state model of the universe. He concedes that the universe is expanding, but his premise is that new matter is being created as the old matter recedes. Therefore, the overall appearance of the universe remains constant over time.
In this book, Hoyle presents a popular description of the structure of the universe, beginning with the Earth and moving outward through the solar system and to the universe in general. His presentation is well within the grasp of readers that do not have a sound knowledge of astrophysics, yet the age of the book means that much more is now known. The evidence gathered since this book was published is overwhelmingly in favor of the "big bang" theory of the origin of the universe; few people now even mildly support the steady-state theory.
Therefore, this book has largely been rendered a historical relic; the passage of scientific time has rendered much of it archaic.
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