Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Big Bang Never Happened: A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe Paperback – Illustrated, October 27, 1992
The Amazon Book Review
Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (October 27, 1992)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 067974049X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679740490
- Item Weight : 1.02 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.05 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #441,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
However, Lerner's alternative theory of a plasma universe does not make sense either, and that's the only problem with this book. Everything is wonderful here about the criticism of the Big Bang, but not his alternative. And there is a real need now to determine an alternative to the Big Bang, as expressed by many of these reviews. My own thought is to accept a different set of observations, and to see that it would not be unlikely that the universe starts earlier in time with dark matter, and ordinary quantized matter then evolves out of unquantized dark matter in a quasi-steady-state sort of way, and that it has existed longer than thirteen or fourteen billion years ago. One doesn't have to prove that the age of the universe is infinite, only that it is significantly older than the Big Bang, to further our knowledge and make progress in cosmology. The way the galaxies are arranged in strands and appear in the middle of clouds of dark matter suggests that ordinary matter might be described as erupting, or perhaps flowering out of, dark matter in the same way that life evolves from non-life or volcanic islands arise out of the ocean, to increase entropy. The evolution of unquantized dark matter into ordinary quantized matter could be happening everywhere by some replication of quantized particles, or could be centered in each galaxy at a spinning black hole. If you think this through, then the universe is still expanding, but is already bigger (and older) than the Hubble Radius, it's just that we can't see what has already passed beyond it where the speed of expansion becomes the speed of light. Pushing back the boundary this way then makes the mystery into how the dark matter got here, but could resolve the problem of the origin of ordinary matter.
Top reviews from other countries
A the start was also an excellent argument regarding the flaws of the big bang. Although simply worded and digestible, indeed gripping, I think those with an Alevel in physics will gain the most out of it because he covers alot of ground and it could be overwhelming for people that don't know what is, for example, red-shift.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I can imagine it may be disappointing to those who are not interested in philosophy (bit which scientist isn't?) and simply want a rigorous physical description of why plasma theory is better. However, he clearly spent alot of time editing it and targeting the level of difficulty to allow a broad section of the market to enjoy and understand what he is saying. Why not 5 stars then? Simply because, whilst he beautifully and methodically explains why the big bang is unlikely to have happened, a large part of the book relates to the philosophical battles between origin from nothing and no fixed origin theories.
I also felt it beautifully illustrated the problem in pretty much all sciences.. once an attractive theory takes hold, it can be difficult to displace even when there is significant evidence against it. (One note also: this area of science is currently evolving so there are some refutations of plasma theory he doesn't address, but probably because these refutations weren't around at the time of writing).
Did it change my mind? Well, I didn't believe in dark matter before reading it, and I was not convinced about the big bang. I guess I feel more assured to doubt the big bang, but I'm not that convinced about plasma theory either. Safe to say, I think physics is running down a dead end as far as current big bang theory goes, and though we have not yet found a satisfying alternative, maybe we should still be recognising that we don't really know.
This book by Eric Lerner is important and definitely shouldn't be out of print. In fact, I venture to suggest that, if it was supporting the Big Bang, it would still be in print!
If you can obtain a copy, do so; read it; enjoy it; and, most importantly, learn from it! If you're young enough to change your ways, learn to question everything in science. Science is a wonderful, fascinating discipline but, once you cease to question, it becomes sterile and, surely, that is something it was never meant to be and never should be.