Big Bang Never Happened, The by Eric Lerner

By Eric Lerner

A enthralling problem to orthodox cosmology with robust implications not just for cosmology itself but additionally for our notions of time, God, and human nature -- with a brand new Preface addressing the newest advancements within the field.

Far-ranging and provocative, the large Bang by no means occurred is greater than a critique of 1 of the first theories of astronomy -- that the universe seemed out of nothingness in one cataclysmic explosion ten to 20 billion years in the past. Drawing on new discoveries in particle physics and thermodynamics in addition to on readings in background and philosophy, Eric J. Lerner confronts the values at the back of the large Bang conception: the idea that mathematical formulae are greater to empirical commentary; that the universe is finite and decaying; and that it may well simply come into being via a few outdoor strength. With inspiring boldness and clinical rigor, he deals a brilliantly orchestrated argument that generates explosive highbrow debate.

"Lerner does a very good task poking holes in titanic Bang considering and gives a ancient viewpoint besides, linking medical theories to tendencies in philosophy, politics, faith or even economics...a so much readable book." -- Chicago Tribune

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When the fog finally cleared-several years later-both men were right in some of their arguments and wrong in others. It was the Mt. Wilson astronomer Edwin Hubble who in the end settled the debate. Using long exposures he photographed some of the nearby white nebulae and, after resolving their outer regions into stars, showed that some of them were Cepheids. This allowed him to. determine their distance. And indeed it was soon clear that they were galaxies-island universes of stars-independent of ours.

During a routine scan of the sky he came across a fuzzy object that appeared to be a comet. He watched it night after night, but it didn't move like a comet. In time he determined its orbit. This convinced him that it was a planet-a previously undiscovered planet. Other astronomers were also soon convinced. Thus he became the first astronomer to discover a planet. Herschel suggested that it be named after George Ill, the King of England. But it was eventually na~d Uranus, after the father of Saturn.

To understand the problem more fully it is best to look more closely at galaxies. Simply, a galaxy is a group of a few hundred billion stars. In reality, though, there is much more to it than this. As seen through a telescope they may appear uninspiring, but a long-exposure photograph reveals them to be among the most beautiful objects in the universe. Most beautiful are the spirals, which look like giant pinwheels of glowing gas and luminous blue-white stars. A closer look reveals that they appear to have a dense spherical core with two or three dangling arms wrapped around it.

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