Big Bang: You're Dead
The Big Bang theory has been with us for as long as we can remember. Many scientists have devoted their entire careers to it. So when someone stands up and says that there’s something wrong with the theory, it is understandable if cosmologists do not immediately embrace the new theory at the expense of the old one. Confidence in the Big Bang has become so entrenched, however, that most cosmologists are unwilling to consider any theory that contradicts the Big Bang, no matter how convincing the evidence is.
Part One: A Brief History of Cosmology
How we see the universe is strongly influenced by the social climate of the time. Some societies have seen a progressive, evolving universe, knowable by all, while other have seen a divinely created universe, deteriorating from creation to doomsday.
Part Two: The Big Bang
The Big Bang started to take shape in the early part of this century, and has existed in its present form for about thirty years. But what is the basis for this monumental theory? What observations were used to support it? What observations contradict it?
Part Three: The Plasma Universe
There is a model for an infinite, continuously evolving universe that conforms to almost every observational test. This model is built, not from a cataclysmic fraction of an instant, billions of years ago, but from the easily observable behavior of the fourth state of matter: plasma.
Big Bang: You're Dead!, copyright 1994, 1995, 1996 by George Beckingham