Cosmology: Myth or science?

  title={Cosmology: Myth or science?},
  author={Hannes Alfv{\'e}n},
  journal={Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy},
  • H. Alfvén
  • Published 1 August 1976
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy
The history of cosmology is examined critically. Ideas that lay the foundation of the plasma universe are presented. > 

Cosmological consequences of the particle-antiparticle gravitational repulsion hypothesis: the Newtonian model of the universe

The model of the gravitationally neutral Universe (GNU), i.e., a giant but finite 3D Ball expanding in the infinite static Euclidean space, is considered. The model is based on the antigravitation

Cosmological Solutions in the Framework of Lorentz-Invariant Gravitation Theory

All solutions of the equations of General Relativity concerning the movement of single massive bodies relative to each other and which are tested experimentally, were obtained by us within the

Lorentz-invariant gravitation theory.

Using the results of chapter 2 in this chapter, we will list the quantum equations and relationships which correspond to our goal the construction of the LIGT. Then we consider the transition from

The Origin of the Universe and Event of Birth: Phenomenological Parallels

We argue that a) the idea of the Big Bang in its philosophical essence represents a sophisticated disguise of the problem of the historically contingent present of the universe's display, and hence,

Physics before and after Einstein

It is now a century ago that one of the icons of modern physics published some of the most influential scientific papers of all times. With his work on relativity and quantum theory, Albert Einstein

On Religious and Antireligious Customization of Contemporary Physics

In 1679, at Uppsala University, the young student Nils Celsius, son of the mathematics professor Magnus Celsius and father of the renowned astronomer Anders Celsius, presented a controversial

Towards Constituting the Identity of the Universe: Apophaticism and Transcendental Delimiters in Cosmology

The paper discusses the limits in knowability of the universe in modern cosmology which arise from the human condition. We argue that the alleged identity of the universe as a whole can only be

Selftranscendence and Symmetrybreak: Some Notes on Cognition and Selforganization in Erich Jantsch’s Theory of Natural Systems

Erich Jantsch’s theory of natural systems might be summarized in the following three interconnected major propositions: 1 natural systems are evolving systems; 2 natural systems are dissipative

A New Cosmological Model: Black Hole Universe

A new cosmological model called black hole universe is proposed. According to this model, the universe originated from a hot star-like black hole with several solar masses, and gradually grew up

Density and velocity distribution function for freely expanding matter

For a system of noninteracting particles being initially in a spherical volume of a given radius, the density evolution and the distribution function are considered for various initial conditions. In



Was there really a Big Bang ?

The evidence in favour of a big bang cosmology is much less definite than is widely realized, and it is not impossible that we are living in a steady state universe.

The Expanding Universe: Astronomy's 'Great Debate', 1900-1931

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The study of astrophysics in modern times should essentially involve the application of laboratory results to cosmical problems, with help from theoretical physics. In the realm of plasma physics,

The mathematical theory of relativity

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The case for a hierarchical cosmology.

Once upon a time philosophers and cosmographers insisted that the motions of the planets must be circular and uniform. An irrelevant aesthetic concept of ‘perfection’ and a more valid mathematical

An Expanding Universe

function, and transfer of momentum discussed (but not, strangely enough, the general equation for the circulation or the vorticity). The use of vector calculus then makes the transformation of the

The Wonder That Was India

  • A. L. Basham
  • Political Science
    The Journal of Asian Studies
  • 1957
Lord Birdwood) have shared his opinion. However, in equal fairness to the Commission, it should be stated that these ambiguities were inevitable because at the time the Commission passed its

Early Greek Astronomy to Aristotle

The doctrine of creation