BIG BANG COSMOLOGY: A TALE OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

The following diagram was inspired by unanswered remarks made in a historical record by Princeton University’s Big Bang Cosmologist P. J. E. Peebles about Hannes Alfven.

Note, for example, what Peebles says here:

I had some pretty harsh words to say about it (Alfven’s theory) because I thought there was no way you could understand the very close to perfect isotropy of the thermal radiation in such a universe.

We now know that this ‘thermal’ radiation is bogus, and that Peebles has spent a lifetime on this rubbish science called Big Bang Cosmology – as indeed has his cohort.

In another place, Peebles says this about his initiation to Big Bang Cosmology:

After the war, my teacher, Bob Dickie, was the one who said, “What is this radiation? We ought to look for it.” … We should just remind ourselves that it is radiation that fills space, that pretty unambiguously was produced when the universe was young, has all the properties of thermal radiation, and that it could only have acquired those properties when the universe was young and dense and hot. He said to me, “Go think about the theoretical considerations.” That set my career.

This gave me the idea of the Teacher-Student angle!

THE RISE AND FALL OF BIG BANG COSMOLOGY
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BIG BANG THEORY COSMOLOGY:
A tale of teachers and students

A NOTE:

Ralph Alpher felt he was denied credit for his contribution to Big Bang Cosmology, and partly blamed Dicke and Peebles for this. Ironically, it was false credit they were fighting over!

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