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The Big Bang Never Happened: A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe Paperback – October 27, 1992
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Apropos of reviewers, a couple of them recommend that prospective readers seek out the works of Nobel laureates, who "know what they're talking about." The "obscure Lerner" based his book on the work of Hannes Alfven, who won the Nobel prize in 1970 for his work in plasma physics and is considered the father of that discipline. (Alfven took another heretical position when he claimed that electrical currents could pass through space. Both his idea and the proofs he offered were met with howling derision, but oddly enough he turned out to be right!)
Another reviewer complains that Lerner offers no explanation for the uniformity of background microwave radiation. In fact, he offers an explanation based on a diffusion effect caused by the absorption and emission of microwaves by "black bodies.Read more ›
I remember the argument being between the "big bang", "steady state" and "oscillating". Big Bang has been winning, but I have been watching in dismay over the years as correction after correction has been plugged into the theory and the equations. When you start having to tweak a fine balance between time frames of superluminal spatial expansion, "real" mass of the neutrino, unobserved-yet-needed for the theory supermassive one-dimensional cosmic strings in order to get just the right homogeneity and 'roughness' of the universe... it starts to feel like epicycles all over again.
Lerner's treatise is pretty nice in spots. I like the presentation of an alternative plasma cosmology. It's not 'extraordinary'; in fact, it's quite ordinary in many ways. Disappointing to the fanciful who want to strap on a Higgs field mass disintegrator in one hundred years, but, like evolution, there's much to be said for what ordinary processes can do, given an extraordinary amount of time to do it in.
I find Lerner's historicopolitical rants informative historically, but he obviously has a lot of big beefs to rant about, and it seemed a bit inappropriate to me to choose so much volume of book to rant in.
Still, it's enough to get the gears going. There are testable hypotheses in alternative cosmologies - once the Big Bang's infallibility complex wanes a bit, then perhaps we can have some proper discussions again, and who knows, perhaps the Big Bang theory will come out stronger for it, but I doubt very much that it will remain unchanged.Read more ›
Then again, Lerner might still be correct even in his basic premise that any signs of a "Big Bang" are just local effects in a universe that's much vaster than we yet understand.
In either case, this book poses the right sorts of questions and presents an alternative to prevailing ideas about how the universe was formed. Lerner elaborates on the theories of Hannes Alven and makes the stunning suggestion that electromagnetic effects might have been more instrumental than gravitational effects in shaping the galaxies. I had always taken it for granted that Newton's large-scale laws of mass and force were the key operators at work. But of course! There are other forces that might have played a role, even in the vacuum of interstellar space, which is really not such a vacuum after all. Lerner opened my mind to a whole new realm of possibility.
One section of his explanation of Alven's work on electromagnetic forces was a little opaque to me. But almost all the rest of this book was clearly written, providing lucid, remarkable insights into some of the great debates and theories of physics and astronomy in general.
For example, Lerner gave me one of the best insights into the value of chaos theory that I've run across. All I'd previously been able to garner about chaos theory was the idea that small effects can produce large, unpredictable consequences - something that seemed self-evident.Read more ›
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This is a beautiful, profound, and empowering alternative cosmology, based on the simple idea that electromagnetism has an influence at cosmological scales as it does at the human,... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Tam Hunt
This a great book! really lays out in an intelligent way, the logical arguments for an alternative view on how our universe works.Published 2 months ago by Norvell Maples
Good overview of the modern science of plasma cosmology, which presents the problems with the Big Bang theory, and alternatives of plasma theory. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BBC
I always felt The Big Bang was Big Bull. This book verifies it. I can't believe extremely intelligent scientists actually swallow the idea of the Entire Universe fitting on the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Vic Marcucci
This is a very good, now necessary book by a physicist who isn’t enamored with mathematics, but rather with common sensical, anybody-can-understand-it explanations. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Roger Levering
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The real TRUTH on the current general accepted view in Physics that keeps the progress of Science behind.Published 20 months ago by Darius 838
The Big Bang Never Happened
One of the most interesting and stimulating book I have read in quite a while! Read more