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A different approach to cosmology : from a static universe through the big bang towards reality
Hoyle, Fred, 1915-2001.
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2000]

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xi, 357 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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This is a different kind of book about cosmology, a field of major interest to professional astronomers, physicists, and the general public. All research in cosmology adopts one model of the universe, the hot big bang model. But Fred Hoyle, Geoffrey Burbidge and Jayant Narlikar take a different approach. Starting with the beginnings of modern cosmology, they then conduct a wide ranging and deep review of the observations made from 1945 to the present day. Here they challenge many conventional interpretations. The latter part of the book presents the authors' own account of the present status of observations and how they should be explained. The controversial theme is that the dependency on the hot big bang model has led to an unwarranted rejection of alternative cosmological models. Writing from the heart, with passion and punch, these three cosmologists make a powerful case for viewing the universe in a different light.

Author Notes

Sir Fred Hoyle held the Plumian Chair of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge 1958 - 72
Geoffrey Burbidge is at the Centre for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of California, San Diego
Jayant Narlikar is with the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India

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The most widely accepted theory on the history of the universe holds that, after starting out small and very hot, the universe continually has been expanding and cooling. This "hot big bang" model uses the theory of general relativity, without the so-called cosmological constant introduced later by Einstein, to account for key observations such as the temperature and uniformity of the microwave background radiation. The theory has features that some find unsettling or unsatisfying. In particular, it leaves unanswered questions about what existed before the "big bang." Hoyle, Burbidge, and Narlikar are three eminent cosmologists who have long held that there is another interpretation of the observations, which includes a steady-state (not expanding or contracting) universe. Their book presents the case for this interpretation, which was first developed by Hoyle and others in 1948. The writing style is lively and personal, and the scientific arguments are written in such a way as to be accessible to upper-division undergraduate students in physics and astrophysics. The book is very well referenced and illustrated with suitable and appropriate illustrations. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and two-year technical program students. ; University of California, Lawrence Livermore National

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 Early relativistic cosmologyp. 5
Chapter 3 The observational revolutionp. 17
Chapter 4 The observational trail 1931-56, the determination of H[subscript o] and the age dilemmap. 27
Chapter 5 Changing times, 1945-65: new techniques and new peoplep. 45
Chapter 6 The extension of the redshift-apparent magnitude diagram to faint galaxies 1956-95p. 55
Chapter 7 The classical steady-state cosmological model and its observational testsp. 65
Chapter 8 The cosmic microwave background - an historical accountp. 79
Chapter 9 The origin of the light elementsp. 95
Chapter 10 A new primordial calculation of Y and of D/Hp. 107
Chapter 11 The new observational evidence and its interpretation: (a) quasi-stellar objects and redshiftsp. 117
Chapter 12 The new observational evidence and its interpretation: (b) ejection phenomena and energeticsp. 163
Chapter 13 Modern Friedmann cosmologyp. 169
Chapter 14 Standard cosmologyp. 175
Chapter 15 New cosmological modelsp. 189
Chapter 16 The observations explained in terms of the quasi-steady-state modelp. 197
Chapter 17 The intrinsic redshift problemp. 229
Chapter 18 Creation centers and black holesp. 239
Chapter 19 Modern observations of faint galaxies and related objectsp. 251
Chapter 20 The large-scale distribution of matterp. 275
Chapter 21 A brief account of the radiation fields in the universe - the observations and their interpretationp. 303
Chapter 22 A summary of the material contained in the previous chaptersp. 311
Chapter 23 Some unsolved problemsp. 321
Referencesp. 339
Indexp. 351

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