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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:47 pm 

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This has been sent to me and I thought you might find it an interesting event.

Please note that in addition to the actual Hoyle Day, there is an exhibition open weekdays, until 21st December.

All the best


Hoyle Day at St John's

Saturday 17 October 2009, 11am to 5pm

Visit the magnificent seventeenth-century library of St John's College and learn about one of the College's most remarkable Fellows

Exhibitions and talk
Open to all

Free entry ... nts/#hoyle


Professor Sir Fred Hoyle FRS (1915-2001) was one of the twentieth century's most colourful and controversial scientists. His most highly acclaimed work was in the field of stellar nucleosynthesis: calculating how it is that the chemical elements we see around us were created inside stars. Despite having coined the term 'big bang' he was a life-long adherent to the opposing theory of a 'steady-state' universe. His later work spanned many areas of science and beyond, taking in the geology of the earth, the politics of energy provision, and the origin of diseases and of life itself.

***Exhibition*** The beautiful seventeenth-century College Old Library will host an exhibition of personal papers and artefacts illustrating Hoyle's life. Open from 11am to 5pm

***Free talk on Hoyle's life and work*** 'Fred Hoyle: Controversy, Conflict, Cambridge, and the Cosmos', by Hoyle's biographer and Cambridge academic Simon Mitton At 2.30pm in the St John's College Fisher Building Booking essential

***The Way to the Stars: a history of College astronomy*** An exhibition of medieval manuscripts, astronomical instruments, and the papers of Johnian astronomers including Sir John Herschel and John Couch Adams. St John's College Library Exhibition Area Open from 11am to 5pm 'The way to the stars' is also open to the public from 9am to 5pm on weekdays from 5 October until 21 December 2009.

The Hoyle Day is open to all and entrance is free. Booking for the talk is essential. To book a place or for more information, please contact Katie Birkwood, Hoyle Project Associate (, 01223 339362).

Directions to, and around, St John's College can be found on the college website:


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