...the big bang theory is not really a theory of a bang at all. It is only a theory of the aftermath of a bang...the standard big bang theory says nothing about what banged, why it banged, or what happened before it banged.
The Inflationary Universe Preface (p. xiii)
Big-bang cosmology is a form of religious fundamentalism, as is the furore over black holes, and this is why these peculiar states of mind have flourished so strongly over the past quarter century. It is in the nature of fundamentalism that it should contain a powerful streak of irrationality and that it should not relate, in a verifiable, practical way, to the everyday world. It is also necessary for a fundamentalist belief that it should permit the emergence of gurus, whose pronouncements can be widely reported and pondered on endlessly—endlessly for the reason that they contain nothing of substance, so that it would take an eternity of time to distill even one drop of sense from them. Big-bang cosmology refers to an epoch that cannot be reached by any form of astronomy, and, in more than three decades, it has not produced a single successful prediction.
Home is Where the Wind Blows Part III
The microwave background radiation, which fills even the corners of the universe, would psychologically have been more compelling evidence for the Big Bang if it had been predicted before its discovery in 1965. That it was not is something of a surprise, which is nevertheless now irrelevant.
The Best Cosmology There Is (p. 15) Volume 372, Number 6501, 3 November 1994
Poe, Edgar Alan
I am fully warranted in announcing that the Law which we have been in the habit of calling Gravity exists on account of Matter's having being irradiated, at its origin, atomically, into a limited sphere of Space, from one, individual, unconditional, irrelative, and absolute Particle Proper, by the sole process in which it is possible to satisfy, at the same time, the two conditions, irradiation and generally-equable distribution throughout the sphere, that is to say, by a force varying in direct proportion with the squares of the distances between the irradiated atoms, respectively, and the Particular centre ofIrradiation.
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