Cosmology and Beyond and associated papers

Scope and Content

Papers including correspondence and typescripts relating to Lovell's Cosmology and Beyond. As Lovell explains in a note written in 2005, he had intended to expand on his views of the limits of scientific knowledge given in his 1958 Reith lectures, and had consulted with Hanbury Brown about further work on the subject. In the 1980s Lovell wrote "Cosmology and beyond" which summarised his views on cosmology as well as his views on the relationship between religious and scientific understanding. Due to publishing issues, the work was never published. Lovell commented that in retrospect his views on cosmology were outdated when he wrote the book, but that he considered the more philosophical sections were still relevant.

Correspondence is mainly with the proposed publisher of the book, Moyer Bell Ltd. (USA) There are also notes and cuttings Lovell collected for his research and a small amount of other correspondence, including Adolf Grunbaum enclosing his criticism of the Individual and the Universe (copies, 1965).

The file includes a bound copy of the first typescript (1988) and an unbound copy of the final typescript, as well as drafts of various sections of the book.