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What's the point?,
This review is from: Fred Hoyle's Universe (Hardcover)Very disappointing. This biography is a blend between an extended cv and a retelling of some gossip.
There is lots of detail about what Hoyle's jobs were, and about who was in dispute with, but teh science behind the disagreements, or Hoyle's progress is not explained, and there is nothing at all about his family.
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2013 12:04:35 GMT
Dr. Jane E. Gregory says:
Thanks for reading my book. I am sorry you did not find the material about Hoyle's family. There is quite a bit in this book about his parents, sister and ancestors, and about his wife and mother-in-law, and his two children. Hoyle's wife is a key chararcter in his career, but since his children went to boarding schools, they were not much in the picture until they were adults.
All 'gossip' was thoroughly researched and documented, and checked by lawyers. The memories of Hoyle's colleagues are an important historical resource, and are valuable as insights into how this group of scientists was thinking and feeling.
Have another look!
Posted on 8 Jul 2013 09:11:24 BDT
This is a seriously misleading review. If you are trying to be hostile, any biography is an 'extended CV', and it is just not right to refer to the detailed account of Hoyle's struggles with his ideas and ambitions as 'gossip' when they are clearly meticulously researched and referenced. I found the book fascinating and very informative.
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