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UK paperback
Sep 2005
A Different Approach to Cosmology
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Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521019265
369 pp
A Different Approach to Cosmology
by Fred Hoyle, G. Burbidge, & J.V. Narlikar

Three distinguished cosmologists trace the history of modern cosmology, and after a detailed review of observations made since 1945, present an analysis of perceived inconsistencies and defects leading to the conclusion that the standard Big Bang model is based on a misinterpretation of the data. Their alternative derivation of a quasi-steady-state universe argues the case for continuous creation of new matter and redshift as an intrinsic property of compact x-ray and optical sources ejected from the the nuclei of active galaxies. Informative, thought-provoking, and delightfully controversial.

"Together with two other respected astrophysicists, Hoyle systematically reviews the evidence for the Big Bang theory, and gives it a good kicking...it's hard not to be impressed with the audacity of the demolition job...I can only hope that I possess one-thousandth of Hoyles' fighting spirit when I, like him, have reached my 85th year."

--UK Sunday Telegraph

"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."


"This is a fascinating book, expressing the views of three scientists who choose to go against the conventional cosmological wisdom. It is extremely important for such skepticism to exist and for such books to be written."

--Physics Today

"Throughout the last few decades, Fred Hoyle, Geoffrey Burbidge, and Jayant Narlikar have done the cosmology community a great service by developing and defending a serious alternative to Big Bang models of cosmic origins....[B]y elucidating one of the hot Big Bang's competitors, the authors provide a good educational exercise for any graduate student interested in fundamental cosmology."


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