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2005-Jul-04, 05:13 AM
SUMMARY: It always happens. You go to buy something. You've got a list of all the necessary parameters, you've set a budget and you've short listed the merchants. Then you end up back at home with a really neat gizmo that looks sharp, costs way too much and doesn't really do what you need. Emotions are to blame as they take over your reasoning and lead you on a completely unexpected journey. Simon Mitton shows similar a similar rational for Fred Hoyle in his biography Conflict in the Cosmos, Fred Hoyle's Life in Science. In it is a very storied career that sometimes proceeds in expected directions while other times progresses along wholly inexplicable paths.

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2005-Jul-04, 05:31 AM
Hi, Fraser.

Fred Hoyle was a truely great scientist. He was a creative genius and also very humble.

I recall an old paper of his written in the 1940s or 1950s in which he suggested that the Sun was once part of a binary star system. In a paper published in Nature as I recall, he suggested that the companion exploded as a supernova. Debris from that supernova formed the planets. Most of those recently excited at finding evidence of supernova debris in meteorites seem to be unaware of Hoyle's suggestion.

I attended a 1976 Conference on Isotopic Anomalies with Fred Hoyle in Gregynog, Wales and a 1977 Robert Welch Conference on Cosmochemistry with him in Houston, TX.

I highly recommend his autobiography, "Home Is Where The Wind Blows". In that book I learned that during World War II, Hoyle and Eddington both believed that the Sun was made mostly of iron!

With kind regards,


2005-Jul-26, 03:56 AM
That sounds about right dosent it.