Halton Arp

Physics from Outside the Box

By William B. Stoecker

The standard model of modern physics is an uneasy blend of relativity theory and quantum mechanics. Relativity theory, developed by Hendrik Lorentz and Henri Poincare and Albert Einstein, supposedly explains gravity and the bending of light near massive bodies, among other things. Quantum mechanics has given us lasers and transistors and also purports to explain a good many things. But no one yet has developed, and then conclusively proven, a theory completely unifying these two pillars of modern physics. Most recently, string theory has attempted…

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Belief vs. Knowledge

By J. Douglas Kenyon

The next time some pompous television narrator pronounces, in reference to some scientific issue—the “Big Bang” for instance—that “we know” something, you might consider substituting the phrase “we believe.” If you try to do it every time, however, you may find yourself too busy to follow the program. The “Big Bang”—the idea that the universe emerged from the mother of all explosions billions of years ago—has replaced God these days (at least among the scientifically ‘sophisticated’) as the most popular notion of first cause and…

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The Coming Industry of Asteroid Mining An asteroid hit, some have argued, could have been the cause of the sinking of Atlantis. Such strikes have certainly left their marks upon our planet. Late in April, though, a new venture, bankrolled by the billionaire founders of Google, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, in collaboration with other wealthy partners, announced plans to turn the tables. Long viewed as one of Earth’s greatest threats, giant chunks of space debris, ironically, may some day become valuable resources that could…

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Newton, the Alchemist, Resurrected Isaac Newton, as alchemist, may be a little better understood now. For a long time that side of the great scientist’s life was largely ignored by a modern academic establishment loathe to concede much of value in the esoteric wisdom of the ancients. Now, though, thanks to the efforts of William Newman, history professor at Indiana University Bloom­ington, that situation could be changing. In fact, the National Science Foundation has supported a Newman-led study into The Chymistry of Isaac Newton. As…

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A Matter of Gravity

BY PETER BROS

The noted American astronomer Halton Arp jumped through all the hoops of big bang theory and discovered one of its major flaws, that objects from the same source have drastically different red shifts, and thus the big bang was a big bust. Instead of having the big bang community confirm and celebrate his discovery, it ostracized him, denying him telescope time, space in scientific journals and speaker time at conventions. When others within the big bang com­munity started coming up with the same results, they…

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Taking Aim at the Big Bang

By Amy Acheson

In the 1960s, astronomer Halton Arp discovered that galaxies are “born” and grow into family groups. In some cases, he could trace their genealogy through as many as four generations. This is the kind of discovery that every astrono­mer dreams of making. It promises to improve our understanding of the universe as much as Galileo’s discoveries improved our understanding of the solar system. Arp’s observations should have been celebrated and promoted. In­stead, as with Galileo, his work has been rejected and ridiculed by the astronomical…

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