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Fred Hoyle: Cosmology and controversy

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Sir Fred Hoyle (1915 – 2001) made outstanding contributions to our understanding of how the Universe works. His finest contribution was his work on the origin of the chemical elements, which are made in stars and released in supernova explosions. In the 1950s he famously argued with the radio astronomers in Cambridge about the origin of the Universe. Hoyle rejected the Big Bang theory, and thus courted controversy. In this talk, Dr Simon Mitton will highlight Hoyle’s work in astrophysics, astrobiology, science fiction, and the popularisation of science.

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