Science: According to Hoyle

Cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole, is science's fairytale princess —grimly guarded by all manner of intellectual spears, deadfalls and barriers. Even the scientists' imperfect understanding of the strange, violent and orderly ways of the stars and the galaxies requires a mastery of nearly every known technique of physics and mathematics. To assail the defenses of cosmology requires versatile, brash and preferably young men.

In 1937 two such brash young men at England's Cambridge University set out for an assault on cosmology's castle. Fred Hoyle, 22, and Raymond Arthur Lyttleton,...

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