Julio A Gonzalo Cosmic Paradoxes

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Beginning with the famous Olber's paradox, a number of cosmological paradoxes, such as the missing mass, dark energy, and the baryon-to-photon ratio, have been and are today the subject of many scientific controversies. The Big Bang model, anticipated by Lemaitre in 1927 and reformulated twenty years later by Gamow, Alpher and Herman, is one of the most spectacular successes in the entire history of physics. It remains today surrounded by considerable theoretical speculation without sufficient observational support. This book discusses such paradoxes in depth with physical and logical content and historical perspective, and has not too technical content in order to serve a wide audience.

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"This is a fascinating and compelling read for anyone concerned about the unresolved mysteries and paradoxes of the universe. Much has been written in recent years about 'cosmic coincidences' and of a universe bizarrely fine-tuned to permit the existence of life. The agent or mechanism responsible for such fine tuning remains a matter of dispute, however.

The book opens with a discussion of the importance of the principle of energy conservation and this is a theme that recurs throughout. Violations of this conservation principle occur in several cosmological models, particularly in the steady state theory of Bondi, Gold and Hoyle, and in the Inflationary theory of Alan Guth. The author regards such violations as inadmissible, constituting a travesty of a sacred natural law. Multiverse theories that are fashionable nowadays, and the use of the so-called anthropic principle to explain why we live in one of an infinite number of universes is similarly decried as being essentially arbitrary and unscientific. It is outside the remit of empirical science.

The author explores the remarkable invariance of the four basic interactions of nature — gravitational, electromagnetic, strong and weak nuclear interactions. The relative strengths of these interactions determine the entire course of history of the universe, including the formation of stars, galaxies and the synthesis of chemical elements in stars. The recent Type Ia Supernova observations, interpreted as evidence of an accelerating universe implies a non-zero cosmological constant that again violates energy conservation.

Chapters 15 and 16 trace the history of the universe from a human centric point of view: from the Big Band to the formation of the sun, planets, Earth, Man and human history all the way to modern times. This history is contingent on an initial event that set off the entire process 13.7 billion years ago. In the final chapter of the book (written by Stanley Jaki) the arguments that favour a finite universe that came into existence 13.7 billion years ago are eloquently developed. The write of the chapter attributes the failure of all great ancient cultures, the Egyptians, Hindus, Greeks, to develop proper physical and cosmological theories to their adherence to pantheism (many gods), as well as to their preference for an infinite, eternal universe. He writes thus:

'Within this view it was impossible to develop a science (physics) which can deal with that chief characteristic of things, which is their being in motion. ... The breakthrough to a viable science (physics) came in terms of a reflection on the reality of a universe created out of nothing and in time ...'

The focus on a monotheistic-type creation of the universe is unpopular and runs counter to modern societal trends. My own preference is for agnosticism, but the case presented in this book has my sympathy, and it is one that certainly merits serious critical attention.

The spirit of the book is encapsulated in a quotation cited by E. A. Milne (1935):

'The system to which we have likened the Universe is an intelligent system. It contains no irrationalities save the one supreme irrationality of creation — an irrationality indeed to physics, but not necessarily to metaphysics ... " --Chandra Wickramasinghe, University of Buckingham, Reprinted by permission Taylor & Francis Ltd, Contemporary Physics Vol.54:1 (2012)

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