Life from Space Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe look for Life from Space

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Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Photograph taken by Priya Wickramasinghe

Microbiology may be said to have had its beginnings in the nineteen-forties. A new world of the most astonishing complexity began to be revealed. In retrospect it is remarkable that microbiologists did not at once recognise that the world into which they had penetrated had of necessity to be of cosmic order. One suspects that the cosmic quality of microbiology will seem as obvious to future generations as the Sun being the centre of the solar system seems obvious to the present generation.