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You Were Lied To....The Big Bang Theory Is Not "The Big Bang"

Updated: Nov 18, 2023

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"There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for."

-Fred Hoyle


This may seem like a surprise to many, but the big bang is not really a "big bang". The name of the theory originated from Fred Hoyle, an astrophysicist who at the time believed the theory was nonsense. The "big bang" was only used to easily explain the theory that the universe expands in all directions, kind of like an explosion or bang.

The "Big Bang" in the theory makes it easy for the most casual learner. The theory states the following:

1. All of the matter was packed into a small ball.

2. Then, suddenly the matter was no longer in this dense, hot, and packed ball.

3. Then BANG! The birth of the universe.

**For an in-depth, but simple explanation see here**

In its simplest explanation, the Big Bang makes sense, however not for Fred Hoyle.

How Did He Come Up With This?

In 1949, Fred got on Broadcast BBC and expressed his own ideas for how the universe began. Unlike the typical story of the Big Bang, Hoyle believed that the universe did not have a beginning. Instead, he mocked the theory that the universe started at a single point by calling it the "Big Bang".

Image: Fred Hoyle, astrophysicist

Hoyle believed that matter was created infinitely in all directions, even backward in time(meaning before the supposed Big Bang).

Though not intended, Hoyle has made a great contribution to astrophysics. He may not be a recognizable scientist who has won Nobel Prizes, but naming the theory for how the universe started has continued to influence modern physics.

"The big bang theory requires a recent origin of the Universe that openly invites the concept of creation.”

-Fred Hoyle


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