Science: The Bold Star Gazer

Curly-haired Astronomer Fred Hoyle of Cambridge University takes delight in setting off mathematical firecrackers under his more conservative colleagues. Hoyle glories in the mysteries that swarm in the inexhaustible sky, and he believes that they should be attacked boldly—from all possible angles. In his new book, Frontiers of Astronomy (Harper; $5), he pelts most of the astronomical mysteries with showers of theories. Some of these theories, he says, "are well known and well tried, but sometimes they are less well known and sometimes they lie at the very frontiers of knowledge."

Many of the "frontier" theories offered by Hoyle will be tut-tutted...

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