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Fred Hoyle and Hermann Bondi: the Steady-State Theory

Helge Kragh

in Masters of the Universe

Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9780198722892
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191789564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722892.003.0011
Fred Hoyle and Hermann Bondi: the Steady-State Theory

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This interview took place in Brussels in 1958 and involved two of the leading protagonists of the steady-state theory of the universe, Fred Hoyle and Hermann Bondi. The theory was an alternative to the evolutionary models described by general relativity. Hoyle and Bondi explained why they were dissatisfied with this class of theory and why their own theory, according to which the universe is infinitely old and unchanging on a large scale, is methodologically superior. They discussed the then current observational situation, including the challenge from radioastronomy, and concluded that there were no observations at the time that disagreed seriously with the steady-state theory. Hoyle strongly opposed the idea of a big bang, which he considered to be metaphysical and illegitimate, indeed a scientific version of biblical genesis.

Keywords: Fred Hoyle; Hermann Bondi; steady-state theory; radioastronomy; big bang

Chapter.  11928 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology ; Astronomy and Astrophysics

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