From the Back Cover
"The instinctive reaction of many readers will be to give a sad smile, close the book and discard it. This, I submit, is precisely what should not be done. Hilton's theories, wildly unconventional though they may be, are backed up by what he regards as convincing evidence, and before rejecting them the reader must surely examine them very carefully indeed. It is easy to see that a tremendous amount of research has gone into the book." Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS. "I think your book is brave, well written and with good ideas to think about. It will be an important reference among the heterodox forbidden books on Cosmology." Dr Martín López-Corredoira, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. "I read your book with great enjoyment. I was shocked to learn that there are so many quasars with a measureable proper motion! This is just so big a blow in the face of the Big Bang, it's unbelievable. Thank you again for doing such a wonderful work!" Dr Louis Marmet, National Research Council Canada. "Up till now I would have to say we have been 'brain-washed' with the popular standard model for the Universe and it is most refreshing to read your work based upon, in my most humble opinion, excellent observations and argument. It is a book I shall read over and over like your previous one 'The Virtue of Heresy'." Wayne Hutcheon, amateur astronomer.
About the Author
Hilton Ratcliffe is a South African-born physicist, mathematician, and astronomer. He is a member of both the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA) and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He is prominently opposed to the stranglehold that Big Bang Theory has on astronomical research and funding, and to this end became a founding member of the Alternative Cosmol-ogy Group (an association of some 700 leading scientists from all corners of the globe), which conducted its inaugural international conference in Portugal in 2005. He is an active member of the organisational, scientific, and proceedings committees for the second ACG conference, which was held in the USA in September 2008. Hilton has been fre-quently interviewed in the press, radio, and television, and has authored a number of papers for scientific journals, books, and conferences. He writes a monthly astrophysical column for Ndaba, the Durban Centre newsletter of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, and is editor of the ACG newsletter. He serves as consulting astrophysicist on the steering committee of the Durban Space Science Centre and Planetarium, a project of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (Durban Centre). Hilton Ratcliffe is best known in formal science as co-discoverer, to-gether with eminent nuclear chemist Oliver Manuel and solar physicist Michael Mozina, of the CNO nuclear fusion cycle on the surface of the Sun, nearly 70 years after it was first predicted. In his capacity as a Fellow of the (British) Institute of Physics, he involves himself in addressing the decline in student interest in physical sciences at both high school and university level, and particularly likes to encourage the reading of books. Hilton Ratcliffe may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.