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What's in a Name: History and Meanings of the Term 'Big Bang'

  title={What's in a Name: History and Meanings of the Term 'Big Bang'},
  author={Helge Kragh},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • H. Kragh
  • Published 2 January 2013
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
The name 'big bang' introduced by Fred Hoyle in 1949 is one of the most successful scientific neologisms ever. How did the name originate and how was it received by physicists and astronomers in the period leading up to the hot big bang consensus model in the late 1960s? How did it reflect the meanings of the big bang, a concept that predates the name by nearly two decades? The paper gives a detailed account of names and concepts associated with finite-age cosmological models from the 1920s to… 

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