X-Message-Number: 12611
From: "George Smith" <>
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Subject: No "lethal cosmological constant"
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 11:02:37 -0700

In message #12605,  Mike Perry asked if there was an alternative view to the
popular expectation that the universe will eventually end.  Well, here's a
suggestion to consider, Mike.

THE BIG BANG NEVER HAPPENED by Eric J Lerner (1991, 1992 ISBN:
0-679-74049-X) "explodes" the nonsense surrouning how and why we are
currently saddled with a view of the cosmos which deeply reflects the
beliefs of most popular religions.  Just as chemistry outgrew "phlogeston"
(the hidden substance which causes fire), cosmology will eventually outgrow

Science does indeed "progress funeral by funeral" it would seem.  When we
re-connect the chalk board theorists with direct observations of what is
actually out there, a great deal of our current pseudo religious dogma in
cosmology falls apart.

"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 [1992] 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 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."

-from the back cover of the 1992 paperback edition.

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