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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Apeiron (13 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986492620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986492624
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hilton Ratcliffe is a South African-born physicist, mathematician, and astronomer. He is a member of both the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA) and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He is prominently opposed to the stranglehold that Big Bang Theory has on astronomical research and funding, and to this end became a founding member of the Alternative Cosmol-ogy Group (an association of some 700 leading scientists from all corners of the globe), which conducted its inaugural international conference in Portugal in 2005. He is an active member of the organisational, scientific, and proceedings committees for the second ACG conference, which was held in the USA in September 2008. Hilton has been fre-quently interviewed in the press, radio, and television, and has authored a number of papers for scientific journals, books, and conferences. He writes a monthly astrophysical column for Ndaba, the Durban Centre newsletter of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, and is editor of the ACG newsletter. He serves as consulting astrophysicist on the steering committee of the Durban Space Science Centre and Planetarium, a project of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (Durban Centre). Hilton Ratcliffe is best known in formal science as co-discoverer, to-gether with eminent nuclear chemist Oliver Manuel and solar physicist Michael Mozina, of the CNO nuclear fusion cycle on the surface of the Sun, nearly 70 years after it was first predicted. In his capacity as a Fellow of the (British) Institute of Physics, he involves himself in addressing the decline in student interest in physical sciences at both high school and university level, and particularly likes to encourage the reading of books. Hilton Ratcliffe may be reached by email at hilton@hiltonratcliffe.com.


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Hilton Ratcliffe puts things straight in this book and addresses the need for a sober and physical perspective on observed cosmic phenomena. The mere mathematical approaches, with the use of extrapolated and extreme non-falsifiable concepts, seems to have taken over what should be a physics oriented field of science. The scientific work that indicates that the universe may well be quasi-static and non-expanding is very intriguing, and should be an eye-opener to those that only are familiar with the standard models of the Universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another grenade aimed at Big Bang cosmology 15 Mar. 2011
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This book is yet another grenade launched into the fortress known as the Big Bang Theory. It is a worthy successor to books such as Lerner's "The Big Bang Never Happened", and Arp's "Seeing Red" and, like those books, it is a well-researched, authoritative, and compelling presentation by a qualified astrophysicist. The treatise is readily accessible a non-scientist, it is written with great personal conviction and a lively, if occasionally petulant, style. It is a serious technical challenge which sometimes left me chuckling at the author's colorful turn of phrase. Alas, as with those earlier critiques, the politics of cosmology will undoubtedly ensure that this book will be largely ignored. It should not be. Even the staunchest proponents of the Big Bang model should read this work, if only to better articulate their rebuttal. A synopsis of the book is found here: [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilton's Cosmology Fits Nuclear Evolution 14 Mar. 2010
By C. Manuel - Published on Amazon.com
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Hilton's new book is well written, fun to read, and factually sound - a rare find in modern books on cosmology! The book describes a cosmos that is consistent with the latest developments in nuclear physics. The Big Bang is based on a prior misunderstanding of fundamental interactions between nucleons - neutrons (N) and protons (P) - in the nucleus. The Big Bang supposes that nuclear matter is currently fusing together [H => He => C => . . . Fe => Neutron Star]; Space-age observations and the very latest nuclear rest mass data show that nuclear evolution occurs in the opposite direction [Neutron Star =(neutron-emission)=> n (neutron-decay)=> H] because the N-N interactions are strongly repulsive rather than attractive. Congratulations, Hilton, and thanks to my wife Caroline for purchasing this book for me.
Oliver K. Manuel, Emeritus Professor of Nuclear & Space Studies and Former NASA PI for Apollo
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Common Sense 8 Sept. 2011
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This was a Great Book!! I am a person who believes that reality should actually make sense. For some time now, I have been studying the evidentiary support for the current theories of astronomy and astrophysics. This has been increasingly frustrating as time and time again illogical conclusions (and subsequent extensions) were made from limited measured evidence. I started to think I must be a genius and all astronomers and astrophysicists were morons...until I read this book.

Thank you Mr. Ratcliffe! I am happy to exchange my temporary genius status with the knowledge that there are professionals that can also see that the king is not wearing any clothes. {Now, if all of us who are more interested in developing theories of reality based on logic and current evidence (and not on blind faith of past prophets) could get together...just think what could be accomplished!}

Whether or not the case for a 'Static Universe' is made in the end can be debated. But, at the very least, this book proves the need to keep an open mind and not just blindly accept the standard model.

Robert Simmons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bang Busted 5 April 2010
By Stephen J. Crothers - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature exposing the many flaws in Big Bang Theory. It is a well written book, easy to read, deeply researched and adduces an abundance of evidence refuting Big Bang Theory, evidence that the proponents of Big Bang do not want us to see. One cannot honestly come away from reading this book without acknowledging that Big Bang Theory is in serious trouble; in fact, that Big Bang Theory is fallacious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Force is With Him 8 May 2012
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Hilton Ratcliffe pulls together, in excellent, easy-to-read narrative, the flaws and frauds associated with the current theory of the Universe, called the Big Bang. As a physicist he speaks with authority on the subject, bringing together the facts, data, and views of other highly-regarded scientists that make the argument for ending the dominance of Big Bang dogma, and opening up the future to an infinite universe in time and space. He specifically says you cannot create something from nothing, as Lawrence Krauss argues A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing. He makes the case for a cosmology with no limits and opens up vistas of an infinite mystery that we can study and explore forever. Maybe the Cosmic Swan envisaged in Cosmic Swan could live for millions of years and fly between stars as we now fly between continents.
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