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11. Nature, Hypothesis, and the Big Bang [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 72: Nov-Dec 1990 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Nature, hypothesis, and the big bang As noted above, J. Maddox, Editor of the preeminent journal Nature, seems intent on muffling the Big Bang. Now we see a newly added section in Nature bearing the heading Hypothesis. Hypothesis "is intended as an occasional vehicle for scientific papers that fail to win the full-throated approval of the referees to whom they have been sent, ... which are nevertheless judged to be of sufficient importance to command the attention of readers..." Certainly, this is a commendable development. But not surprisingly, the first paper is an at-tack on the Big Bang. Most of the authors of this first article are familiar to readers of Science Frontiers: H. Arp (Not all redshifts are measures of receding velocity.); G. Burbidge (Quasars are not as far away as they seem.); and F. Hoyle (The multidisciplinary iconoclast who helped de ...
12. Big-bang Brouhaha [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 82: Jul-Aug 1992 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Big-bang brouhaha Unless you have been in a coma the past couple months, you have heard that the Big Bang has now been elevated from a theory to a fact. The reason for the media hullabaloo was the announcement that minute fluctuations had been detected in the cosmic microwave background. The media hype was notably chauvinistic. Some Big-Bang proponents declared that discovery was the greatest scientific advance of the ... , completely ignoring the genetic code, continental drift, nuclear fission, and so on and so on. More sober scientists rejected such extravagant claims. They pointed out that independent confirmation of the fluctuations was yet to come and that, after all, the fluctuations were very small (only some 30 millionths of a K). And which of the many variations of Big Bang was going to be enthroned? Even Nature advised extreme caution, quoting H. Bondi in this regard: "...the data in cosmology are so likely ...
13. The Better, Bigger Big Bang [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 28: Jul-Aug 1983 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects The better, bigger big bang Astronomers are ever more discomfitted by the Big Bang hypothesis for the creation of the universe. The reasons are several: The observed universe is extremely homogeneous, even though theory says that distant parts of the universe could never have been causally connected; No satisfactory explanation exists for the density fluctuations that had to occur for galaxies to be formed; and The universe ... to be flat, not curved, and the Big Bang does not explain why. Paul Steinhardt and Andreas Al-brecht, at the University of Pennsylvania, have developed a radically different Big Bang-- a two-stage one, with hot and super-cooled states. The three objections listed above are neatly disposed of in the new version, but at the cost of a radically new view of the cosmos. The "new" universe is about 10 100 times as big as the 12 billion light years assigned to the cozy universe we used to ...
14. Big Bang [SIS Internet Digest $]
... From: SIS Internet Digest 1999:1 (Apr 1999) Home¦ Issue Contents Big Bang From: Amy Acheson <amelia@Whidbey.com> Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 19:24:10 -0800 Wal Thornhill wrote: When confronted with the conclusions drawn from the standard solar model, which is central to modern cosmology, I agree with Gregg Easterbrook who wrote in The New Republic of last October 12; "... for sheer extravagant implausibility, nothing in theology or metaphysics can hold a candle to the ... Big Bang. Surely, if this description of the cosmic genesis came from the Bible or the Koran rather than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it would surely be treated as a preposterous myth." Cardona Offers: But the theory did come from a religious work. Here's a short selection from Chapter 1 of GOD STAR by yours truly: Begin quote: In fact, even that so-called pillar of astrophysics, the Big Bang Theory, had been much earlier posited in a religious work. In the Book of Genesis, Elohim ...
15. Quasars in Infrared are Still Nearby [Thunderbolts Website]
... in Infrared are Still Nearby Astronomers claim that the Spitzer infrared telescope has found distant black holes hiding behind dust clouds. More likely Spitzer has found the standard signature of electric discharge in space. We hear a lot about the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR): Big Bang astronomers proclaim that it proves the Ultimate Truth of the Big Bang theory. But there ’ s also a cosmic x-ray background radiation (CXBR) that in the Big Bang universe can only come from black holes: No other object can concentrate the weak gravitational ... enough to produce the quantity of x-rays observed. The problem has been that there aren ’ t enough black holes to account for the observed quantity. Now the Spitzer infrared telescope has found a lot of hot dust clouds, and the Big Bang astronomers are seizing on the discovery as proof that many black holes are hiding their optical light behind the dust. Under the astronomers ’ theoretical assumptions concerning redshift (the stretching of light toward red on the spectrum), they believe they know the distance to the hot dust clouds. So ...
16. Books Review [Aeon Journal $]
... ? Are these but more examples of psychoceramics? (1) Even now, amidst this curiously subdued insurrection that is seriously questioning received opinion, a counter-revolution is being mounted to "save the phenomenon" by an ultra-conservative public relations effort to instill the idea of a Big Bang into every available braincell of our impressionable students, as well as that of the general populace itself. This effort is déjà vu of the last half of the 19th century when Darwinian evolution was being foisted onto an unsuspecting and intellectually impoverished world. In today's ... , mental games are being currently being played out in a public relations ploy to find another, more precise term to replace the epithet "Big Bang" with something even more catchy. Of course, this won't happen since George Gamow's humorous appellation of 1946 has stuck like wax on batik and become part and parcel of science tradition. But, such games aren't the point of this counter-effort at all, as the focus of the reactionary argument is to ineradicably implant the dogmatism of the Big Bang concept into whatever passes for science's subconscious ...
17. Of iron whiskers and particles that increase mass with age! [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 75: May-Jun 1991 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Of iron whiskers and particles that increase mass with age! Two pillars of the Big Bang hypothesis are: (1) Redshifts of galaxies support the notion of an expanding universe; and (2) The background microwave radiation can be interpreted as the dying embers of the Big Bang itself. Proponents of the Big Bang feel secure atop these pillars. But should they? A few Big-Bang ... , who have survived considerable establishment pressure, see growing cracks in those pillars. J. Narlikar identified two such cracks and, best of all, offered exciting remedies: (1) The redshift relationship, which works well with galaxies, falls apart when applied to quasars (see graphs); and (2) The background microwave radiation is much too smooth to come from the lumpy universe we observe. Narlikar opines as follows: Plot of red shift versus galaxy faintness supports the proposition that red shift is proportional to distance The ...
18. Having faith in Edwin Hubble [Thunderbolts Website]
... is a must read since it is both educational and hard-hitting while being readable and entertaining. Writing eye-opening material in more than one arena, Arp takes on the corruption of good science in academia, government and publishing after giving us great material concerning red shift, the Big Bang, and cosmology. The book Seeing Red can be ordered via the link. Order Link Nov 09, 2004 Having Faith in Edwin Hubble A common belief today is that Edwin Hubble discovered in 1929 that the universe was expanding and that the Big Bang theory ... the unavoidable conclusion from that fact. But what did Hubble actually say? "If the redshifts are a Doppler shift...the observations as they stand lead to the anomaly of a closed universe, curiously small and dense, and, it may be added, suspiciously young. On the other hand, if redshifts are not Doppler effects, these anomalies disappear and the region observed appears as a small, homogeneous, but insignificant portion of a universe extended indefinitely in both space and time." (MNRAS, 17, 506, ...
19. Bullet Cluster Shoots Down Big Bang [Thunderbolts Website]
... and white. X-ray image from Chandra shows x-ray emission in pink. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/M.Markevitch et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI; Magellan/U.Arizona/D.Clowe et al. Sep 04, 2006 Bullet Cluster Shoots Down Big Bang Optical and x-ray images of the galaxy cluster named 1E0657-56 have provided direct proof that these clumps of disturbed galaxies are small, faint, and nearby. These and many similar observations directly contradict the foundational assumptions of the Big Bang, which place the objects far ... . What we have stated in the headline and abstract above is, of course, an interpretation, not a fact. But the distinction between interpretation and fact has become so muddled in the sciences that we felt obliged to underscore the point rhetorically. Unbending theoretical assumptions have wrought havoc on popular astronomy, which could not recognize our interpretation of the Bullet Cluster based on the known electrical behavior of plasma. According to the authors of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory website, the galactic cluster imaged above "was formed after the collision of two ...
20. The Big Bang Never Happened [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... From: SIS Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop 1995 No 2 (June 1995) Home¦ Issue Contents The Big Bang Never Happened by Eric J. Lerner, Simon& Schuster Ltd., London 1992 ISBN 0-671-71100-8 (£ 10.99 net, 466 pages) This book is sub-titled: 'A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe'. It is both fascinating and frustrating- fascinating because it contains a lot of material relating to a theory of cosmology in which electromagnetic forces play a major role alongside gravity but ... because the author subordinates this material to playing a supporting role for his sociological and philosophical theories. (See end of review for an outline of these.) Lerner, who lives in the USA, is described as 'an independent researcher and writer and has published numerous articles on science and technology in many publications' (sic). Lerner mentions some particular sources that have been important to him for this book. He singles out Elaine Pagels' Adam, Eve and the Serpent and conversations with Hannes Alfven, Tony Peratt and Ilya ...
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