Fred Hoyle was a down-to-earth, argumentative Yorkshireman who became the voice of British astronomy. For fifty years, he spoke out for astronomy in the newspapers, on government committees, at scientific meetings, in popular books and on the radio. He devised the steady-state theory of the universe and worked out how the elements are formed in the nuclei of stars. He also founded a prestigious institute, led the project to build a giant telescope and, if it rained on his summer holiday, he sat in his caravan and wrote science fiction novels for his legions of fans around the world. This book tells the behind-the-scenes story of one of the twentieth century's most distinguished and controversial scientists.