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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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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
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 27th 1992 by Vintage (first published 1991)
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Owlseyes inside Notre Dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...30-minutes wait to call the firemen...and
"It's impossible that the Big Bang is wrong"
Joseph Silk, 1988

"Down with the Big Bang"
Editorial of Nature, 1989

(Lerner in 1993)

Eric Lerner defends that observations don't match the predictions of the Big-Bang model. Yet, there are authors, like Marc Lachièze-Rey, who say Lerner is wrong. One of the greatest proofs for the Big-Bang theory are the data provided by the COBE satellite, on cosmic radiation.

However, Lerner argues that COBE data didn't solve the problems posed by the Big-Bang model. T
Shanna-Mae Slight
Jun 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is a sort of Cult Classic among creationists. While I consider myself devout, this book is terribly outdated. His arguments may have been valid when he wrote it 40 some years ago, but since it's publication lots has happened in the field of astronomy. Many of the points his argument hinges on have been well refuted to the point that, in my opinion, his stand disintegrates. Specifically, when this book was written, the idea of dark energy was new and there were a lot of questions and doubts, ...more
Devinder Dhiman
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I became interested in reading this book as soon as I came across the title, because I also do not believe in Big-Bang theory. I wanted to learn the alternative offered by the author. I was not disappointed, this book made my belief firmer.'Big Bang never happened' blows off all the evidence generally associated with the theory of Big-Bang. It gives valid reasons for refuting the three most important pillars of Big-Bang theory; namely- relative abundance of elements in the universe, homogeneous ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the first half of this book. Mr. Lerner provides a great synopsis of the evolving theories regarding the cosmos. He provides the background of new observations that reinforced or challenged existing theories. I like his observation as to how our concept of the universe has swung like a pendulum between closed and open systems. These swings have been accompanied by social changes. The most recent dark age coinciding with the pessimistic conclusions of the big bang model where the inevitab ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I imagine a lot of the scientific content is outdated if not falsified, but the way everything was argued was beautiful. Instead of engaging in the intellectual preening one finds among most science popularizers, Lerner is down-to-earth: his scientists are actually real, flawed people, he appeals regularly to philosophy - a field disdained by Neil deGrasse Tyson and cohort - and unlike them he does not deny scientists' subjectivity. The philosophical aspect is fascinating: Lerner brings forth th ...more
Moe  Shinola
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Eric Lerner is the director on Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, in Lawrenceville, N.J., and was a friend of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Hannes Alfven. He is carrying on Alfven's work and the group is close to acheiving their goal of proving the viability of cheap, safe fusion power using the dense plasma focus, an obscure technology. I hope the ideas he expresses in this book are not enough to deny him a place in the scientific community but they may be, since in this book he boldly dares to ...more
Jul 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
According to Eric J. Lerner, the Big Bang theory has been in trouble for quite some time. It predicts that there should be no objects in the universe older than 20 billion years, but there is. It predicts that there should be 100 times as much dark matter as there is visible matter, he makes a compelling argument that there really is no dark matter at all. He even provides an alternate theory to the observable redshift of distant galaxies, hailed as indisputable proof of the big bang.
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Augustine Kobayashi
This book really needs to focus. At first Lerner's challenge to the idea of the Big Bang derives a merit. Then his oversimplified ancient history undermines his argument by presenting his over political view of world history, backtracking from today's liberal democracy as the ultimate goal for humanity, and categorising ancient and medieval regimes as mainly obstacles to scientific advancement. The best part of the book is in the middle, where he explains why he thinks that the idea of the Big B ...more
Generally well written. Points out some of the flaws in Big Bang cosmology, with (I am told - I'm neither an astronomer nor a physicist) few gross errors and distortions. Provides an alternative, with some support. Good for the scientific minded individual who either doesn't want to or can't wade through the mathematics.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dusty Desert
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I understood little of this difficult book, so I don't have a clue if The Big Bang happened (though physicists all think it did). Also, I'm an atheist so I wasn't looking for proof of a Creator Guy.
Brian Widmer
Dec 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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