These are both statements of cosmologists. Dr. Luke A. Barnes is a postdoctoral researcher at Western Sydney University and Professor Geraint F. Lewis is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy. They published a book that seems one of the most-sincere approaches of the tensed relationship science has with its detractors.
The Big Bang Theory is one of the most contested scientific demonstrations. And its unclarities make it the perfect victim for pseudo-scientists to defy it. They too could be right. Just think about the initial event, presumed to be an explosion, that gave birth to the Universe.
Weary of receiving emails and messages from people thinking they know better how science works, Barnes and Lewis wrote The Cosmic Revolutionary’s Handbook (Or: How to Beat the Big Bang).
The book can be considered a manual dedicated to those people, explaining to them how to better challenge scientists. If you don’t agree with the theory, you’d better be up to replacing decades of scientific work with a plausible and scientifically demonstrable new one.
“If you want to challenge the Big Bang theory, you’d better be able to explain the basics before you have a shot at explaining mysteries like dark matter,” said Barnes.
The truth about science
The beauty of the demarche is that the two cosmologists put things into an honest perspective that we can all benefit from, even if we aren’t detractors. They help the readers place science where it belongs. Science isn’t God’s usurper. It is far from being an exhaustive and indisputable truth.
“We find that science is either idealized into a perfect knowledge-generating machine run by robots or denigrated as a greedy power grab by self-appointed ‘experts’ whose job is to confuse us with big words and mathematics,” said Lewis.
Scientists are doubtful believers. They are the descendants of the apostle Thomas, who needed to see to believe it. When they can’t see, scientists need the math to sustain it. And math sustains even dark matter. It’s the eyes that aren’t convinced, since dark matter has the gift of invisibility.
The Big Bang isn’t just a big bang
Another thing the book corrects is the wrong perception of the Big Bang theory. Over time, people who weren’t scientists reduced the span of the theory to the act of creation, the explosion.
But Big Bang isn’t just about that big bang. It is the theory that “describes the expansion of all of space, and the beginning is at best a plausible implication of the theory,” as Lewis puts it.
The Big Bang has its flaws, such as the unseen dark matter and dark energy. It doesn’t explain the scenography of the Universe either. Why were the galaxies set out the way they were? Also, math doesn’t help the theory explain how come there are so many components.
The Big Bang isn’t perfect. Science isn’t perfect. Scientists are still waiting for another messianic arrival. One that resembles Newton, or Einstein. But until he’ll come, they must keep the faith just like any other believer.