I hadn't heard that at all; thanks, Nick. I suppose at 86, it should no longer be a surprise. Keep an eye out for any tributes or comments by fellow scientists; I'd be interested to hear what people have to say.
That was a pretty nice piece in the Telegraph*; nice of them to see things from his point of view with a bit of background, too. I do like the unattributed quote near the bottom:
One former colleague has been quoted as saying that when he died Arp “took a whole cosmology with him”
It does feel like a thread has been broken.
For my part, I wish he had reached out to his supporters a little more; we'd have a better sense of continuity and what challenges he thought laid ahead.
Who would know what was on his plate near the end? Burbridge? Narlikar? Someone at the Max-Planck Institute?
(*Though I wish they would stop using the "only a theory" line - of course, we will opine that it is not on the same level as Germ Theory or Evolutionary Theory, Big Bang Theory can count as a theory, just a bit more post hoc
and less predictive than other theories, and to our minds, has not satisfied the "discounts other explanations to the point where it would be perverse to withhold assent" criterion, either ;) )