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The Electric Universe
The last 150 years have seen immense progress in the understanding of electrical phenomena. Nevertheless, the conventional cosmology taught today remains essentially a theory of gravity. To explain new observations and the colossal energies involved, it is forced to invoke a raft of hypothetical, exotic, and unobservable entities involving near-infinite concentrations of matter to focus the weakest force known to physics. Theories of terrestrial geology and the evolution of the Solar system cling doggedly to the nineteenth-
century doctrine of gradualism, even though evidence abounds in oth the natural and human record that not only have events of catastrophic violence occurred on Earth and elsewhere, but that they were witnessed in recent times.
The Electric Universe presents an alternative theory that recognizes electrical forces as the dominant influence in shaping the universe, and a major factor in determining much of our cultural and historical experience. Based on well-understood principles that can be observed and demonstrated in any plasma laboratory, the electrical model provides ready explanations for processes that continue to puzzle planetary scientists today. Compelling,
highly readable, and superbly illustrated, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to what will surely be the beginnings a revolution in scientific thinking in the years ahead.
As an example, the cover ilustration opposite shows a Hubble image of the Cat's Eye Nebula, NGC6543. A series of glowing concentric shells surrounds the central star. Such combining of cells, helixes, and filaments, is characteristic of plasma discharge structures.
"A magnificent description of electricity in space. Authors Thornhill and Talbott offer a sweeping critique of today's popular cosmology. They show that galaxies, stars (including our Sun), and comets can be best understood through the well-tested behavior of electricity--the one force about which astronomers seem to know almost nothing."