WorldCat Identities

Wickramasinghe, Chandra 1939-

Works: 108 works in 429 publications in 5 languages and 11,970 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Chandra Wickramasinghe
Most widely held works by Chandra Wickramasinghe
Comets and the origin of life by Janaki Wickramasinghe( )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,364 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
Lifecloud, the origin of life in the universe by Fred Hoyle( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in English and Spanish and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The search for our cosmic ancestry by Chandra Wickramasinghe( )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 806 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
Evolution from space : a theory of cosmic creationism by Fred Hoyle( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and German and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diseases from space by Fred Hoyle( Book )

16 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in English and Japanese and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic life by Chandra Wickramasinghe( )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book traces the author's unique scientific journey with one of the most remarkable men of 20th-century science. 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 organic theory of cosmic dust (which is now generally accepted), and then to challenge one of the most cherished paradigms of contemporary science - the theory that life originated on Earth in a warm primordial soup." --Book Jacket
Our place in the cosmos : the unfinished revolution by Fred Hoyle( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and German and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book the authors attack the Earth-centric view that life originated in some virus-like form and simply evolved by natural selection. They show that it is overwhelmingly likely that life originated outside the solar system
Solid state astrophysics : proceedings of a symposium held at the University College, Cardiff, Wales, 9-12 July 1974 by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

17 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 277 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
Cosmic life-force by Fred Hoyle( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 274 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 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interstellar grains by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

12 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 243 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 214 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
Space travellers : the bringers of life by Fred Hoyle( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theory of cosmic grains by Fred Hoyle( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 191 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
Life on Mars? : the case for a cosmic heritage by Fred Hoyle( )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Space and eternal life : a dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe and Daisaku Ikeda by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and French and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogue on space, science and life between an eminent astronomer and leading Buddhist scholar
The big bang and God : an astro-theology by Theodore Walker( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As advanced by astronomer-cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle, astronomy, biology, astrobiology, astrophysics, and cosmology converge agreeably with natural theology. In The Big Bang and God, these interdisciplinary convergences are developed by an astronomer collaborating with a theologian
Astronomical origins of life : steps towards panspermia by Fred Hoyle( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 124 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
Fundamental studies and the future of science( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fred Hoyle's universe by Chandra Wickramasinghe( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Best known for his steady-state theory of cosmology, Fred Hoyle described a universe with both an infinite past and an infinite future. He coined the phrase 'big bang' to describe the main competing theory, and sustained a long-running, sometimes ill-tempered, and typically public debate with his scientific rivals. He showed how the elements are formed by nuclear reactions inside stars, and explained how we are therefore all formed from stardust. He also claimed that diseases fall from the sky, attacked Darwinism, and branded the famous fossil of the feathered Archaeopteryx a fake." "Throughout his career, Hoyle played a major role in the popularization of science. Through his radio broadcasts and his highly successful science fiction novels he became a household name, though his outspokenness and support for increasingly outlandish causes later in life at times antagonized the scientific community." "Jane Gregory builds up a picture of Hoyle's role in the ideas, the organization, and the popularization of astronomy in post-war Britain, and provides an examination of the relationship between a maverick scientist, the scientific establishment, and the public. Through the life of Hoyle, this book chronicles the triumphs, jealousies, rewards, and feuds of a rapidly developing scientific field, in a narrative animated by a cast of colourful astronomers, keeping secrets, losing their tempers, and building their careers here on Earth while contemplating the nature of the stars."--BOOK JACKET
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.24 (from 0.03 for A journey ... to 0.82 for A journey ...)

Cosmic dragons : life and death on our planet
Alternative Names
Chandra Wickramasinghe

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

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

ウィックラマシンゲ, チャンドラ

ウィックラマシンジ, C

ウィックラマシンジ, N. C



A journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic lifeOur place in the cosmos : the unfinished revolutionCosmic dragons : life and death on our planetThe theory of cosmic grainsLife on Mars? : the case for a cosmic heritageSpace and eternal life : a dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe and Daisaku IkedaAstronomical origins of life : steps towards panspermiaFred Hoyle's universe