THREE PROBLEMS WITH THE BIG BANG THEORY. Ross Pomeroy’s review is entitled “Three Problems with the Big Bang”. The first two problems could as well be described as two anomalies that the Big Bang theory cannot account for, rather than evidence against the theory. As for the third problem, it could be described as an absence of evidence to confirm a Big Bang theory prediction.

First, the “Horizon Problem”. Pomeroy says: “If we look far out into space, billions of light years away, we see photons with the same temperature — roughly 2.725 degrees Kelvin. If we look in another direction, we find the same thing. What a coincidence! In fact, when astronomers look in all directions, no matter how distant, they find that all regions have the same temperature. This is incredibly puzzling, since [as Siegel says] ‘these regions are separated by distances that are greater than any signal, even light, could have traveled in the time since the Universe was born.'”

Second, the “Flatness Problem”. Pomeroy says: “Almost all the evidence collected by cosmologists indicates that the Universe is flat. Like a sheet of paper on a desk, spacetime shows almost no curvature whatsoever. Within the context of the Big Bang, this seems extremely unlikely.”

Third, the “Monopole Problem”. Pomeroy says: “The immense energies produced by the Big Bang should have created a magnetic particle that breaks the mold. All magnets have two poles, a north and a south. Even when a magnet is snapped in half the two poles remain. But this particle would effectively be a magnet with only one pole: a magnetic monopole!” No magnetic monopole has been found.

Given the time and distances involved, it seems to this marveling layman that failing to find evidence thus far is not surprising.

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