Diseases from Space
Hoyle and Wickramsinghe
This is an…interesting…theory. The idea here is that many diseases and plagues, like leprosy, measles, polio, and tuberculosis, originated in space. In 1979 this was called a “revolutionary new theory, which may well have great influence on modern scientific thought.” This is actually the sequel to a book called Lifecloud where the authors argued that life on Earth originated in space.
The authors were ridiculed, but in 1994, an article was published in New Scientist that linked the authors’ research to new research, basically confirming what they’d been saying since 1979. Very interesting indeed!
So, this book is now 30 years old. It was questionable from the time it was published until 15 years later. It has now been another 15 years and the book is still on the shelves, though more legitimate in terms of content. If this theory is still viable, libraries should replace this book with current research in the field. Since these are the grandfathers of the theory, so to speak, their work would certainly be cited in any new books on the subject.