Progress in New Cosmologies

Beyond the Big Bang

  • Halton C. Arp
  • C. Roy Keys
  • Konrad Rudnicki

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. W. M. Napier, B. N. G. Guthrie
    Pages 29-48
  3. Jack W. Sulentic
    Pages 49-65
  4. Bogdan Wszolek
    Pages 67-69
  5. Fred L. Walker
    Pages 81-87
  6. Eric J. Lerner
    Pages 89-104
  7. John B. Miller, Thomas E. Miller
    Pages 105-110
  8. Toivo Jaakkola
    Pages 111-151
  9. A. K. T. Assis
    Pages 153-167
  10. Konrad Rudnicki
    Pages 169-175
  11. S. V. M. Clube
    Pages 187-203
  12. W. Peter, E. Griv, A. L. Peratt
    Pages 237-248
  13. Svetlana Triphonova, Anatoly Lagutin
    Pages 259-268
  14. D. F. Roscoe
    Pages 285-303
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 353-361

About this book


The Hidden Hypotheses Behind the Big Bang It is quite unavoidable that many philosophical a priori assumptions lurk behind the debate between supporters of the Big Bang and the anti-BB camp. The same battle has been waged in physics between the determinists and the opposing viewpoint. Therefore, by way of introduction to this symposium, I would like to discuss, albeit briefly, the many "hypotheses", essentially of a metaphysical nature, which are often used without being clearly stated. The first hypothesis is the idea that the Universe has some origin, or origins. Opposing this is the idea that the Universe is eternal, essentially without beginning, no matter how it might change-the old Platonic system, opposed by an Aristote­ lian view! Or Pope Pius XII or Abbe Lemaitre or Friedmann versus Einstein or Hoyle or Segal, etc. The second hypothesis is the need for a "minimum of hypotheses" -the sim­ plicity argument. One is expected to account for all the observations with a mini­ mum number of hypotheses or assumptions. In other words, the idea is to "save the phenomena", and this has been an imperative since the time of Plato and Aristotle. But numerous contradictions have arisen between the hypotheses and the facts. This has led some scientists to introduce additional entities, such as the cosmologi­ cal constant, dark matter, galaxy mergers, complicated geometries, and even a rest­ mass for the photon. Some of the proponents of the latter idea were Einstein, de Broglie, Findlay-Freundlich, and later Vigier and myself.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Halton C. Arp
    • 1
  • C. Roy Keys
    • 2
  • Konrad Rudnicki
    • 3
  1. 1.Max-Planck Institute for AstrophysicsGarching bei MünchenGermany
  2. 2.ApeironMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Jagiellonian University Astronomical ObservatoryCracowPoland

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