- College Life
In the early twentieth century, the astronomer Edmund Hubble discovered that the universe appears to be expanding. In the 1920s the Belgian scientist Georges Lemaître developed the idea that the universe has, since its creation, been continually expanding from a single infinitesimal point, which he called the “primeval atom”. This theory was later named the ‘big bang’ theory by Hoyle. In the 1940s, Hoyle and two of his colleagues created a rival theory, the theory of continuous creation in a steady-state universe, as an alternative way of explaining the perceived expansion of the universe.
Hoyle's Youth | Hoyle in Cambridge | Steady-State Universe | Stellar Nucleosynthesis | Hoyle vs Ryle | Institute of Theoretical Astronomy | Hoyle on the Radio | Hoyle the Writer | Hoyle the Polymath | Honours and Medals