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This book, as in all of his others, Hoyle speaks in a language easy for the layman to understand and comprehensible for the non-specialist.
First of all, Hoyle describes our Earth, the planet which we inhabit. He then takes us on a tour of nearby space and our closest neighbours, our moon and the planets of the solar system. He explains in clear and non-technical terms theories on how our solar system was formed from the primal dust and gas which condensed into solid and gaseous bodies billions of years ago.
Hoyle then goes on to discuss the sun and the stars in our galaxy. Again, in easy to understand terms, he explains how the sun gives out its heat and light by means of nuclear fusion processes, yet at the same time maintains itself as a stable and constant star. Hoyle explains stellar evolution and shows the course that the sun, like most other Main Sequence Stars, will take in the next few billion years before eventually swelling to Red Giant proportions and then shrinking to a Brown Dwarf when all its nuclear fuel is spent.
It was in this series of broadcasts, and the subsequent book, that Sir Fred Hoyle brought to greater public attention his theory on the cosmological nature of the Universe. He rejected the super dense theory ( now known as the Big Bang ) of George Gamov and Georges Lemaitre and maintained that the Universe had no beginning and nor will it ever have an end: it has, he argued, always existed.Read more ›