The Big Bang Never Happened

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A mesmerizing challenge to orthodox cosmology with powerful implications not only for cosmology itself but also for our notions of time, God, and human nature -- with a new Preface addressing the latest developments in the field.

Far-ranging and provocative, The Big Bang Never Happened is more than a critique of one of the primary theories of astronomy -- that the universe appeared out of nothingness in a single cataclysmic explosion ten to twenty billion years ago. Drawing on ...

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The Big Bang Never Happened: A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe

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Overview

A mesmerizing challenge to orthodox cosmology with powerful implications not only for cosmology itself but also for our notions of time, God, and human nature -- with a new Preface addressing the latest developments in the field.

Far-ranging and provocative, The Big Bang Never Happened is more than a critique of one of the primary theories of astronomy -- that the universe appeared out of nothingness in a single cataclysmic explosion ten to twenty billion years ago. Drawing on new discoveries in particle physics and thermodynamics as well as on readings in history and philosophy, Eric J. Lerner confronts the values behind the Big Bang theory: the belief that mathematical formulae are superior to empirical observation; that the universe is finite and decaying; and that it could only come into being through some outside force. With inspiring boldness and scientific rigor, he offers a brilliantly orchestrated argument that generates explosive intellectual debate.

Provocative and far-reaching, The Big Bang Never Happened draws on new discoveries in cosmology, particle physics, and thermodynamics as well as on readings in history and philosophy to confront the values behind the concept of the Big Bang. Black-and-white illustrations.

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"Lerner does a fine job poking holes in Big Bang thinking and provides a historical perspective as well, linking scientific theories to trends in philosophy, politics, religion and even economics...a most readable book." -- Chicago Tribune
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"Lerner does a fine job poking holes in Big Bang thinking and provides a historical perspective as well, linking scientific theories to trends in philosophy, politics, religion and even economics...a most readable book." — Chicago Tribune
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers inspired by Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time should brace themselves for Lerner's larger history of time, space and a new force: the humanistic sociology of science. The timely news (making headlines as this review goes to press) is that the Big Bang cosmology can no longer contain all the new evidence astronomers have gathered about the physical nature of the universe. In fact, Lerner argues, the persistence of the Big Bang and other finite definitions of the universe is rooted less in data gathered by radio telescopes than in medieval devotion to the idea of the finite, perfectly ordered universe. Lerner calibrates the Big Bang's development as one of the swings of the ``cosmological pendulum'' of science in history--from the perfect, mathematically closed systems of early Christian cosmos to the scientific revolution of the 19th century, back to today's ``Theory of Everything'' in particle physics. Lerner's own cosmology is plasma-based, an incomplete physics that includes electromagnetism as well as Einstein's gravity principles at work in the creation of one of an ever-expanding universe, which requires neither creator nor ``bang,'' and is still evolving with humankind. Lay readers will need familiarity with the basics of quantum theory or a science dictionary to fully appreciate this grand tour of three centuries of cosmology, but this is an expedition of the scientific mind that includes all the grandeur, rigor and challenge to our humanity that has marked cosmology since Galileo. Plasma physicist Lerner holds open the door to one of science's inner rooms for a popular audience. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Library Journal
From Steven Weinberg's The First Three Minutes (Basic, 1976. o.p.; 1988. pap.) to Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time ( LJ 4/15/88), numerous science popularizations have expounded the Big Bang Theory for the origin of the universe as indisputable fact. Readers of those books will find this one startling and intriguing. Lerner, a plasma physicist, points out flaws in the Big Bang model and proposes an alternative theory: an eternal, self-sustaining ``plasma'' universe where electromagnetic fields within conducting gases provide other, simpler explanations for observed phenomena. His contention that the Big Bang is merely a repackaged creation myth is presumptuous, but well argued. To present a current scientific controversy to a general audience risks, on one hand, misleading the public and, on the other, circumventing the peer review process. This book, however, makes valid points in a convincing manner and does neither. Recommended for general science collections.-- Gregg Sapp, Montana State Univ. Libs., Bozeman
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This "startling refutation of the dominant theory of the origin of the universe" disputes the idea of a single cataclysmic explosion & discusses the theory of plasma cosmology--an ever-evolving universe growing slowly in giant strands, twisting across space. B&W illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679740490
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 421,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2006

    Excellent Book

    This book gives good reasons to give people doubts about the Big Bang theory, excellent examples of problems with the theory. It also gives a good alternate theory, I'm not sure why astrophysicists are not accepting of this theory, it makes more sense. The only problem I have with the book is that it needs to be up-dated, it was writen in 1991.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    Outdated, non-expert's pipedream

    This book is nothing more than a weak attempt to try to fight against the consensus of the astronomical community without any rigorous data analysis or even a vague understanding of the topic being railed against. At the time of publication, Lerner was roundly criticized by Nobel Prize winners, academic scientists, and those in the know for being dishonest and flat-out wrong. Now that more than 15 years have passed with nothing more coming out of Lerner's ideas, it is safe to say that this book should be read as nothing more than a historical footnote to the development of modern cosmology.

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