A Different Approach to Cosmology: From a Static Universe Through the Big Bang Towards Reality

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 17, 2000 - Science - 357 pages
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The astronomical community is wrongly interpreting cosmological data by using the standard Big Bang Model. In this highly controversial volume, three distinguished cosmologists argue this premise with persuasion and conviction. Starting with the beginnings of modern cosmology, they conduct a deep and wide review of the observations made from 1945 to the present, explaining what they regard as the defects and inconsistencies that exist within the interpretation of cosmological data. This is followed by an extensive presentation of the authors' own alternative view of the status of observations and how they should be explained. Along the way, the book touches on the most fundamental questions, including the origin, age, structure, and properties of the Universe. Writing from the heart, with passion and punch, Hoyle, Burbidge, and Narlikar, make a powerful case for viewing the universe in a different light, which will be of great interest to graduate students, researchers, and professionals in astronomy, cosmology, and physics.
 

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An interesting and mathematically sophisticated sour-grapes diatribe, but a sour-grapes diatribe nonetheless. Seems that a minuscule group of adherents of the steady-state idea will always be with us. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
xi
Early relativistic cosmology
3
The observational revolution
15
The observational trail 193156 the determination of H0 and the age dilemma
25
Changing times 194565 new techniques and new people
43
The extension of the redshiftapparent magnitude diagram to faint galaxies 195695
53
The classical steadystate cosmological model and its observational tests
63
The cosmic microwave background an historical account
77
Standard cosmology
173
New cosmological models
187
The observations explained in terms of the quasisteadystate model
195
The intrinsic redshift problem
227
Creation centers and black holes
237
Modern observations of faint galaxies and related objects
249
The largescale distribution of matter
273
A brief account of the radiation fields in the universe the observations and their interpretation
301

The origin of the light elements
93
A new primordial calculation of Y and of DH
105
The new observational evidence and its interpretation a quasistellar objects and redshifts
115
The new observational evidence and its interpretation b ejection phenomena and energetics
161
Modern Friedmann cosmology
167
A summary of the material contained in the previous chapters
309
Some unsolved problems
319
References
337
Index
349
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Narlikar graduated from Banaras Hindu University, India. He then studied mathematics at Cambridge University, graduating with the highest honors and the Tyson Medal for Astronomy. He continued in Cambridge, obtaining a PhD and then the Sc.D. degree. He was a founder staff member of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy in Cambridge in 1966 and in 1988 set up and became director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India.

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