"The Virtue of Heresy - Confessions of a Dissident Astronomer".
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285 pages, 8 illustrations, index, glossary of
comprehensive bibliography. Over 300 references and footnotes.
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2007, dissident astrophysicist Hilton Ratcliffe
published the tell-all, no-holds-barred, hard copy version of his first
book, The Virtue of Heresy. It launched
him from quiet obscurity to the world stage, and
fomented a world-wide revolution in space
science. The book was a
hit with both formal scientists and armchair
readers in popular science and philosophy, and
that led to this offering - an electronic
version of the 3rd edition of
The Virtue of
Heresy, now available for the first
time as an e-book.
Written in easy-to-read, conversational English,
this is the acclaimed counterpoint to
Brief History of Time.
The difference is that this one can be read and understood by
anyone with an enquiring mind.
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The Virtue of Heresy -
Confessions of a Dissident Astronomer is a
narrative account of the 30-year struggle by the
author to put the "physical" back into
"physics". With sporadic assistance from a
fictional alter-ego character named Haquar, the
author traces the history of astronomy and
physics to the point of their confluence
with meta-mathematics. From there on, the
fundamental hypotheses of cosmology, and indeed
of physical science generally, became
increasingly detached from observed reality and
more like psychedelic mind games than works of
empirical science. Hilton Ratcliffe guilelessly
confronts these issues head-on, spicing the tale
with humour and fascinating anecdotes of his
association with some of the finest scientific
minds of our era. His passion for true science
and child-like awe at the wonders of the
Universe are infused in every line. A classic.
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"The further we look, the bigger things are. There is
an incredible diversity of structures in space, and I
was drawn to conclude that the cosmos is both infinite
and highly organised. And, to my human eye, achingly
beautiful." Hilton Ratcliffe