A mesmerizing challenge to orthodox cosmology with powerful implications not only for cosmology itself but also for our notions of time, God, and human nature -- with a new Preface addressing the latest developments in the field.
Far-ranging and provocative, The Big Bang Never Happened is more than a critique of one of the primary theories of astronomy -- that the universe appeared out of nothingness in a single cataclysmic explosion ten to twenty billion years ago. Drawing on new discoveries in particle physics and thermodynamics as well as on readings in history and philosophy, Eric J. Lerner confronts the values behind the Big Bang theory: the belief that mathematical formulae are superior to empirical observation; that the universe is finite and decaying; and that it could only come into being through some outside force. With inspiring boldness and scientific rigor, he offers a brilliantly orchestrated argument that generates explosive intellectual debate.
About the Author
Eric Lerner has written a memoir, "Journey of Insight Meditation "(Schocken, 1976), about his experiences traveling and living in Buddhist monasteries and communities in Asia and America. This background in the arcane led to his subsequent twenty-year career as a screenwriter and producer in Hollywood. Films with his name on them include "Bird on a Wire "and "Augustus," starring Peter O'Toole and Charlotte Rampling. Lerner currently lives in Boston.
"Lerner does a fine job poking holes in Big Bang thinking and provides a historical perspective as well, linking scientific theories to trends in philosophy, politics, religion and even economics...a most readable book." -- Chicago Tribune