The Big Bang: How did one of the best attested theories in science become so unpopular?
|October 21, 2013||Posted by News under Physics, Cosmology|
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Many in cosmology have never made any secret of their dislike of the Big Bang, the generally accepted start to our universe first suggested by Belgian priest Georges Lemaître (1894-1966).
On the face of it, that is odd. The theory accounts well enough for the evidence. Nothing ever completely accounts for all the evidence, of course, because evidence is always changing a bit. But the Big Bang has enabled accurate prediction.
In which case, its hostile reception might surprise you. British astronomer Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) gave the theory its name in one of his papers — as a joke. Another noted astronomer, Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), exclaimed in 1933, “I feel almost an indignation that anyone should believe in it — except myself.” Why? Because “The beginning seems to present insuperable difficulties unless we agree to look on it as frankly supernatural.”
Note: This is the first in a series. Also, Hoyle (and a bunch of other famous non-religious folk you’ll be surprised to read) said all the stuff about the Big Bang demonstrating God and the supernatural that you can read here. I just wrote it down.