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Wickramasinghe, Chandra 1939-

Works: 94 works in 366 publications in 4 languages and 11,491 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: QH325, 577
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Most widely held works about Chandra Wickramasinghe
Most widely held works by Chandra Wickramasinghe
Lifecloud, the origin of life in the universe by Fred Hoyle( Book )

17 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diseases from space by Fred Hoyle( Book )

13 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our place in the cosmos : the unfinished revolution by Fred Hoyle( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and German and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En kontroversiel teori om livets opståen uden for vort solsystem
Cosmic life-force by Fred Hoyle( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interstellar grains by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

13 editions published between 1967 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Light scattering functions for small particles, with applications in astronomy by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

14 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosmic dragons : life and death on our planet by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, in this account of his pioneering work as an astronomer, sees comets with their magnificent tails of cosmic dust as being both a life giving force for our planet and equally as destroyers of life."--Dust jacket flap
Solid state astrophysics : proceedings of a symposium held at the University College, Cardiff, Wales, 9-12 July 1974 by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

14 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past decade the study of the formation and properties of interstellar grains has assumed a growing importance, going much beyond what might have been guessed only a few years ago. It has come to be understood that grains playa role in processes other than the simple absorption and scattering of starlight, which was all that the astronomers of a generation aga considered to be their relevance. Grains indeed playa critical role in controlling the temperature, composition, and states of aggregation of the whole interstellar medium. Among the still mysterious problems is the origin of the vast clouds of obscuring material that is observed in radiogalaxies like NGC 5128 and M 82, which may weIl be associated with the explosions of very massive objects. It is safe to say that from this growing field of study much still remains to be dis covered. The topics discussed in this volume will make clear to the reader the range and versatility of the subjects. F. HOYLE FOREWORD by THE PRINCIPAL The Symposium on Solid State Astrophysics held in July 1974 brought to University College Cardiff a large and very distinguished gathering of astronomers. It was the first time that such a collection of scholars, absorbed with the problem of the systems of outer space, had collected together in Wales, and so provided a splendid spring board for the researches of the newly founded group of astronomers in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy at University College
Space travellers : the bringers of life by Fred Hoyle( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theory of cosmic grains by Fred Hoyle( Book )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The problem of the composition of cosmic dust grains has stubbornly defied solution for over half a century. A succession of models have been proposed and their properties worked out for comparison with an ever-expanding body of relevant observational data. The authors began their pioneering work in this field in the 1960s by challenging the then popular ice grain theory. Most controversially they later hypothesised that condensed organic matter in the galaxy is of biological origin, thus linking an old astronomical problem with the question of the origin of terrestrial life. In this book the authors develop the theory of Cosmic Grains on a broad front starting logically from basic mathematical and astronomical premises. The reader is guided through a historical progression of ideas on the nature of grains, leading ultimately to the authors' own point of view, which shows through a clear predictive sequence the important role of complex organic material in the interstellar grains
Comets and the origin of life by Janaki Wickramasinghe( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The idea that comets may be connected with the origin of life on Earth was considered heresy a few decades ago, with scientists shying away from this possibility as if from a medieval superstition. However the case that comets may have contributed at least the complex organic building blocks of life has become very strong, and mechanisms have now been identified whereby comets may incubate and transfer microbial life from one cosmic habitat to another in the Galaxy. The latter process cometary panspermia was pioneered by the late Sir Fred Hoyle and one of the present authors in the early 1980's. A theory that was once controversial is slowly gaining scientific respectability and support. The recent surge of interest in astrobiology has led to a spate of books in astrobiology - combining astronomy and biology - but in most of these, cometary panspermia is dealt with only cursorily. The present book sets out the case for cometary panspermia in a cogent way, combining evidence from space science, celestial mechanics, geology and microbiology. It should be an essential part of any university course on astrobiology, and also serve as a reference textbook for researchers in the field."--Page 4 of cover
Space and eternal life : a dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe and Daisaku Ikeda by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogue on space, science and life between an eminent astronomer and leading Buddhist scholar
Fundamental studies and the future of science( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living comets by Fred Hoyle( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From grains to bacteria by Fred Hoyle( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life on Mars? : the case for a cosmic heritage by Fred Hoyle( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The big bang and God : an astro-theology by Theodore Walker( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, interdisciplinary convergences between the ostensibly oppositional fields of natural theology and the 'hard sciences' of astronomy, biology, astrobiology, astrophysics, and cosmology are developed and explored. The astronomer Chandra Wickramasinghe and theologian Theodore Walker Jr. have come together to present what they call a postmodern Astro-Theology that reveals unexpected agreements among scientific cosmology, evolutionary biology, and natural theology. Walker and Wickramasinghe claim that recognition and analysis of these convergences is part of a greater postmodern trend. They also assert, however, that a recognition of the overlap between the theological and scientific has historical precedent in the work and musings of astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead, and process philosopher Charles Hartshorne. The book also challenges the mistaken view that Hoyle was unchangeably committed to atheism. According to Walker and Wickramasinghe, part of the postmodern trend toward a breakdown of the silos that separate ostensibly opposed disciplines is increased overlap and communication between natural scientific disciplines and various artistic disciplines, especially poetry. This unusual volume thus also draws on the work of poets, science fiction authors, and other artists as it develops and reifies a radical relationship between the scientific and theological
Astronomical origins of life : steps towards panspermia by Fred Hoyle( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two of the pioneers of the modern version of panspermia - the theory that comets disperse microbial life throughout the cosmos - trace the development of their ideas through a sequence of key papers. A logical progression of thought is shown to lead up to the currently accepted viewpoint that at least the biochemical building blocks of life must have derived from comets. The authors go further, however, to argue that not just the chemicals of life, but fully-fledged microbial cells have an origin that is external to the Earth. Such a theory of cosmic life, once established, would have profound scientific as well as sociological implications. The publication of this book is all the more timely now that we are on the threshold of verifying many of these ideas by direct space exploration of planets and comets
The search for our cosmic ancestry by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idea that life is a cosmic, rather than a purely terrestrial phenomenon, has progressed from scientific heresy to mainstream science within the short timespan of a few decades. The theory of cometary panspermia developed by Fred Hoyle and the present author in the 1970's has been vindicated by a spate of new discoveries in astronomy and biology, and also with startling new evidence of microbial fossils in meteorites and micrometeorites. The recent Kepler Telescope searches for exoplanets have indicated the presence of over 100 billion habitable planets separated by only a few light years, thus making panspermia and the transfer of microbial life between such planets an inevitable fact. The book presents a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the Hoyle-Wickramasinghe theory of cometary panspermia in a manner accessible to a wide general readership
A journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic life by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of the author's unique scientific journey with one of the most remarkable men of 20th century science. The journey begins in Sri Lanka, the author's native country, with his childhood acquaintance with Fred Hoyle's writings. The action then moves to Cambridge, where the famous Hoyle-Wickramasinghe collaborations begin. A research programme which was started in 1962 on the carbonaceous nature of interstellar dust leads, over the next two decades, to developments that are continued in both Cambridge and Cardiff. These developments prompt Hoyle and the author to postulate the or
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Cosmic dragons : life and death on our planet
Alternative Names
Chandra Wickramasinghe

Chandra Wickramasinghe Astronomer

Chandra Wickramasinghe astronoom uit Sri Lanka

Chandra Wickramasinghe sri-lankischer Astrophysiker

Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe.

Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe 1939-

Wickramasinghe Chandra

Wickramasinghe, Chandra 1939-

Wickramasinghe, N. C.

Wickramasinghe, N. C. 1939-

Wickramasinghe, N. C. (Nalin Chandra), 1939-

Wickramasinghe, Nalin Chandra 1939-

Викрамасингх, Чандра

شاندرا ويكراماسينغ

චන්ද්‍රා වික්‍රමසිංහ

ウィクラマシンゲ, Ch

ウィクラマシンゲ, N. チャンドラ

ウィクラマシンゲ, チャンドラ

ウィックラマシンゲ, C

ウィックラマシンジ, C

ウィックラマシンジ, N. C



Cosmic dragons : life and death on our planetThe theory of cosmic grainsComets and the origin of lifeSpace and eternal life : a dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe and Daisaku IkedaLife on Mars? : the case for a cosmic heritageAstronomical origins of life : steps towards panspermiaA journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic life