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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (October 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890512027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890512029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Humphreys was awarded his PhD in physics from Louisiana State University in 1972, by which time he was a fully convinced creationist. He has retired from Sandia National Laboratories, and continues to serve as a resource scientist for AIG to assist with questions and information concerning physics, astronomy, and cosmology

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This book lays out both the biblcal and scientific cases against Ross' position.
Dr. Humphreys is brilliant, and explains his theory in easy to understand terms for laymen or much more scientific detail for those interested.
Rory Roybal
Would the earth survive the blast from the white hole, much hotter and much closer than the sun?
John H. Morrison

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322 of 388 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
The thrust of Humphreys' book is to come up with a modified cosmology that allows for a very young earth within a very old universe. His proposal is that gravitational time dilation accounts for this vast difference in ages between the earth and the universe. At the core of this proposal is a requirement for a great difference in gravitational force between that experienced at the earth and that experienced in the rest of the universe. This is due to the huge time dilation effect Humphreys requires. For he says that in one 24-hour day of Earth time, the distant stars age billions of years (page 126 of [1]). This requires a time dilation in the order of 10 raised to the 11th power. On it's very face this argument presents a serious problem. If we assume the gravitational force is normal in the rest of the universe, then the force at the earth is so high as to crush everything including the earth itself. If we assume the gravitational force is normal at the earth, then a high repulsive force is required in the rest of the universe, virtually eliminating any possibility that matter coalesces to form stars, planets, galaxies, etc. Put simply, the observable universe does not fit with Humphreys theory.
This is further borne out in the mathematics. Humphreys' theory relies heavily on a very large cosmological constant (which actually varies with time according to Humphreys, see pages 91 and 124 of [1]) for the rapid expansion of the universe during the first few days on earth. There are two main problems with this line of reasoning. One, a very large cosmological constant precludes Newton's theory of gravitation being approximately true. This is clearly shown in Humphreys' own references.
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99 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Luttrell on January 17, 2002
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I've been discussing this book with my Cosmology professor. I have to admit that this book is not universally accepted in the scientific arena, and there are obvious reasons for that--Humphreys attempts to prove that cosmological data can fit the Biblical interpretation of a young universe made only 6,000 years ago. However, it has to be admitted that Humphreys presents some things to at least seriously consider.

The goal of the book is the help resolve the apparent contradiction of starlight and a young universe. If light can only travel at a set speed, then how can we see stars made only 6,000 years ago when it should take a lot longer for us to see them?

Humphreys proposed that the theory of general relativity can allow for time dilation to slow down earth time in relation to the rest of creation, so that while the earth might have been created in six literal earth days, the universe was expanding for thousands of years. Time dilation is supported by Einstein's theory of general relativity. According to the theory of relativity, time slows down as objects approach the speed of light.

Regardless of whether or not the speed of light can change, as proposed by Barry Setterfield, Russell Humphrey's main objection to the Big Bang theory is that it is based on certain presuppositions, like whether the universe is bounded, which is fair to say.

Other scientists argue that the Big Bang cosmology predicts that clock rates change only about 10% to the furthest galaxies. However, the young-universe models do not follow the standard Big Bang(black hole) predictions to begin with. The question may not be "How much has the speed of light changed?" but "How fast has time changed?
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142 of 178 people found the following review helpful By John H. Morrison on November 28, 2000
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Humphreys tells us some interesting results of general relativity and the Big Bang theory. His description of conventional theory is mostly correct, and may motivate the interested reader to go on and study astrophysics further. However, this is the only good part of his book.
Astronomy provides the most obvious proof of an old universe: Astronomers have discovered a universe billions of light-years across, full of galaxies and galaxy clusters, and even larger structures. If the universe were only 6000 years old, we would not see anything farther than 6000 light-years away -- a small section of our galaxy and an infinitessimal point of the universe.
Humphreys attempts to use general relativity to explain how the earth could be only six thousand years old, at the same time that the rest of the universe is old enough for its light to reach us. According to general relativity, the deeper you are in a gravity well, the slower time goes. Humphreys theory is that God created the universe as a white hole. During the fourth day of creation, the white hole was next to (or inside) the earth, so only one day passed by on earth while thousands to billions of years passed by in the rest of the universe.
Unfortunately, Humphreys uses the white hole in his theory only to slow down time on the earth, and does not consider *any* other physical consequenses of a white hole adjacent or inside the earth. What would be the gravitational effect on the earth, other planets, the sun, other stars, our galaxy, nearby galaxies, distant galaxies? Humphreys wrote on page 9 that our galaxy is "a very typical galaxy." Would a typical galaxy have an object many orders of magnitde more massive than the rest of the galaxy, near the edge?
A white hole shrinks by spewing matter out.
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