Sir Fred Hoyle was a prolific writer throughout his life. Although he was one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists, his works went beyond the realm of science fact to spawn those embracing the science fiction, historical and political. There can be no doubt that Hoyle revolutionised science by opening vistas that made it possible to consider scientific phenomena in completely different ways and in a very different light. His unconventionality did not always endear him to his contemporaries in the scientific community, but it did force those stuck in the rut of rigidity to at least re-examine tried and trusted old ways which, although old and tried,were perhaps losing their value of trustworthiness.
One of the greatest ironies is, that considering the impact that the towering intellect of Hoyle had on academia in the twentieth century, his publications are now out of print - they may only be obtained through antiquarian booksellers rather than through the usual retail channels. It is for this reason that I have undertaken the momentous task of writing appraisals for each of Hoyle's works. As it is a task that has taken me almost ten years to complete, I trust that it does justice to the great man in some way.
Francis Andrew has completed a monumental ten year task of writing appraisals on all of the published works of the late Sir Fred Hoyle. It is truly a worthwhile accomplishment as all of Hoyle’s books are now out of print. Francis Andrew’s work therefore offers a great service in preserving the thoughts of one the twentieth century’s greatest minds.
Gihan, Weerasekara. Dompe, Sri Lanka.
“ A Great Man of Great Science” covers all of Sir Fred Hoyle’s publications from his fi rst in 1950 to his last in 2001. Francis Andrew’s appraisal of each of these works is the next best thing to reading the original works of Hoyle himself. After reading these appraisals, one could well be tempted to take the next step and read the actual works of Hoyle.
Siddhant Bahuguna. Uttar Pradesh, India.
Francis A. Andrew has truly done a magnificent job in writing appraisals for each of Sir Fred Hoyle’s works. As Francis’ style of writing has done so much to make Hoyle come alive and inject into his works a relevancy for the twenty fi rst century, so it would be that even if readers of this volume were unacquainted with any of Hoyle’s books, they would surely be tempted to procure for themselves the original works of Hoyle.
Ajinkya Bhede. Maharashtra, Nagpur, India.
About the Author
Francis A. Andrew was born in Aberdeen in Scotland. He currently works at the College of Applied Sciences in Nizwa, Oman. In his early teens, he started reading the works of the late Sir Fred Hoyle and was greatly influenced by them. The year 2015 is the100th anniversary of Sir Fred Hoyle’s birth, and Francis Andrew thought that it would be a fitting tribute to the great man by writing reviews of all of his works.