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(2016 December): “So easy to understand” comment from an Australian engineer.

(2016 November): Work continues on the second book.

(2016 November): “Large-Scale Structure of the Dynamic Steady State Universe” has now been published in the American Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol.4, No.6, 2016, pp.65-77. Astract and Links to HTML and PDF.

(2016 June):
New research paper The Nature of Gravitational Collapse has been published in the American Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol.4, No.2, 2016, pp.15-33. Abstract and Links:
—Another major DSSU success, as it reveals amazing new insights! The theory has uncovered the mechanism by which mass undergoes a total conversion to energy. Yes, a mass to energy conversion with 100% efficiency!  As everything else in the DSSU, it is a perfectly natural process. Truly amazing!

Have gravity waves really been detected?

Comments updated  2016 June: Comment #19

(2016-4-26:)  A mathematical cosmologist claims the values of the Hubble-expansion parameter and the cosmic-background temperature are the most important elements for understanding the real Universe! Letter and response.

(2016 March)  What is the difference between a physical and a mechanical aether? ...
Be aware of the distinctions among the terms commonly applied to aether: Terms such as physical, mechanical, subquantum, and dynamic. Link to new Question & Answer.

The book, Guide to the Construction of the Natural Universe, is  now available at the Niagara Falls Public Library  (Victoria branch). If you live in the Province of Ontario, your local library can request the book from the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Participate in a unique exploration of the Cosmos: venture into the sub-atomic realm, even into the sub-quantum realm where the roots of reality reside, and into the domain of cosmic-scale cell-structure and beyond to infinity. Along the way, discover the cause of mass, the cause of gravitation, and rediscover Einstein’s “nonponderable” aether and Heraclitus’ harmony-of-opposites principle. … The book represents the ultimate vindication for all the skeptics who resisted the "preposterous" Big Bang mythology and who refused to join the exploding-cosmos religion.
This new work contains 317 pages, 61 illustrations, references, and index … Available from C-FAR Books.


My comments on the latest mass media "Official Science" news story:

Do not be misled by the recent reports of the detection of gravity waves.
What the LIGO apparatus measures is the interference from beams of self-generated electromagnetic waves. It seems highly probable that what LIGO actually detected was some vibrational “noise” or some unexplained interference; and NOT gravity waves originating from a distant binary system (in which two extremely massive black holes are supposedly in the process of merging). How the data, the wave patterns, are interpreted is subject to theory and restricted by theory. Naturally the official interpretation must conform to the Officially-sanctioned theory of gravity —Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Thus, the light patterns recorded by LIGO are interpreted via Einstein’s mathematical concept of gravity. The problem is the general-relativity-gravity interpretation, as is well known, ignores the space medium!

Have gravity waves really been detected?
Think about this: The academic experts do not have the cause and mechanism of gravity (Isaac Newton did not, Albert Einstein did not, and today’s big-bang astrophysicists do not). Their theory of gravity is embarrassingly incomplete! So, if they do not yet understand the nature of gravity itself, how then can they claim to be able to recognize the waves that gravity supposedly emits? The experts cannot even answer the simple question: Specifically, what is it that is waving? What is waving back and forth?
    Here is something else the reports fail to mention: The gravity waves that are actually detectable are those associated with the turbulence in the aether flow (the space medium streaming through our Solar System). Australian physicist Reginald T. Cahill has been examining these aether-flow waves for over 15 years. –CR (2016 May)
Updated 2016 June. See Comment #19

(2016 Jan 6) Now published:
Olbers’ Paradox Resolved for the Infinite Non-Expanding Universe
, American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics Vol.4, No.1, (2016 January). Abstract & download links.
● “The man accredited with discovering universe expansion did not believe that the universe was expanding. Hubble was convinced that the key evidence, the cosmic redshift, was caused by some other factor, something more fundamental than mere expansion.”
● “With the recent discovery of a new cosmic-redshift mechanism, and its theoretical validation, it turns out that Hubble was right.”
● Explains how “an infinite, non-expanding, perpetually regenerating universe" is able to predict a dark night sky.

Press Release (2015 Oct 15):
The Big Bang is no longer a viable hypothesis !

(2016 June) Now posted. Link to details:
"DSSU Validated by Redshift Theory and Structural Evidence", Physics Essays, Vol.28, No.4, p455-473 (2015 Dec) —Delivers the coup de grâce to the Big Bang. Abstract & Links.
Both Reviewers enthusiastically endorsed this "well-written and incisive article."

(2015-Oct 6) Webpage added for article Cosmic-Redshift Distance Law Without c Without H: Comments & Links  Describes the challenge of getting DSSU papers published.

(2015 Aug 20:) Allow me to extend a sincere "Thank You" for the many invitations to join social media and professional networks. Unfortunately I must decline. It’s simply a matter of precious time —there is just too little of it. All my available time is taken up by research, writing, and website maintenance —in fact, two more web domains have been purchased. It is all being done for the purpose of providing the educated and interested public with the ammunition to refute and replace the utterly bankrupt big-bang Worldview. (However, not to give the impression of a total recluse, seclusionist, or misanthrope, I do manage to squeeze in a few delightful hours of ballroom dancing every week or two.) –CR

(2015 Aug:) Brief update on the status of the neutrino and its adaptation into the DSSU particle theory. See Section 5 of the Discussion webpage for the article: The Fundamental Process of Energy

(2015 Aug:) The article The Universe Is Infinite (Part 1) has been revised.

(2015 July:) Comments and questions from a 14-year old student.


"The Nature of Gravitational Collapse"
–Published in American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics. ( Abstract and Links.)

"Olbers’ Paradox Resolved for the Infinite Non-Expanding Universe" –Published in American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics. ( Abstract & download links.)

"DSSU Validated by Redshift Theory and Structural Evidence" published in Physics Essays, Vol.28, No.4, p455-473 (2015 Dec). Abstract.
Both Reviewers enthusiastically endorsed this "well-written and incisive article."

Published in the American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics, AJAA, Vol.3, No.2, 2015:
Ellipticity, Its Origin & Progression in Comoving Galaxies  
Local  high-resolution PDF.

• Provides the first-ever natural explanation for the cause of the elliptical shape of nonrotating galaxies
• Retains the foundation premise of all modern cosmology but rejects the absurd concept of whole-universe expansion
• Takes full advantage of the universe’s cosmic cellular structure and exploits the DSSU theory of unified gravity domains
• Amazingly, the mechanism that stretches galaxies turns out to be the very same mechanism that causes the cosmic spectral redshift!

Published Dec 2014 in the American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics:

"Cosmic Redshift in the Nonexpanding Cellular Universe” —details the actual causal mechanism. Abstract.
Preprint with larger images.
• Entirely new concept for cosmic redshift mechanism;
• Retains the foundation premise of all modern cosmology;
• But does not require whole-universe expansion;
• A redshift based on the DSSU theory of unified gravity & cosmic cellular structure;
• Remarkable agreement with independently established redshift distances.

The Dynamic Steady State Universe. This work brings together the main pieces of the cosmic puzzle in a step-by-step construction of the Natural Universe. Published in Physics Essays Vol.27 No.2 (2014 June issue)  "... the arguments are well-made. The article is competent, enjoyable and readable." —Reviewer
(PDF download)

Higgs Boson Discovered?
After 50 long years of searching, Physicists claim to have detected the Higgs boson, the "particle" that ostensibly bestows the property of mass on all other such particles. Is it now time to celebrate? … Definitely not.
   The question now is this: If the Higgs ‘particle’ is the giver of mass to all other particles, what then gives the Higgs itself its mass?! (Yes, the newly discovered particle has mass, lots of it!) A difficult and embarrassing question indeed. It is like asking:
If God created everything, then who, or what, created God?
   While physicists think they have solved the mass problem, the reality is that they have unwittingly exposed an even bigger problem —the riddle of “First Cause”.

Glossary of Terms used in Cosmology and Astrophysics with particular emphasis on DSSU theory.
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Mysteries & Paradoxes that Plague Standard Cosmology  (Updated 2015-7)

Cosmology Crisis of 1998 (Revised 2015-5)

Critique of Conventional Cosmology ... comments relating to the 'preposterous' expanding-universe paradigm.
Bafflement —the remarkable admission of a physicist.
The Cosmology Debate That Never Happened   —During the 20th century there was a decades-long debate: The cataclysmic expanding universe VS the stable expanding universe. But there has never been a debate of the dynamic expanding universe VS the dynamic non-expanding universe. (Posted 2011 Oct)

Models of the Universe —Historical, Expanding, and Cellular universes. INCLUDES A USEFUL TABLE FOR COMPARING THEORIES.

The Universe Is Infinite (Part 1) —overcoming a "central" problem of cosmology theories.

The Universe Is Infinite (Part 2) —an explanation of how the universe can always have existed and will always exist.

DSSU, The Non-Expanding Universe: Structure, Redshift, Distance —A long sought-after goal of astrophysicists has been a formulation of cosmic distance that is independent of the speed of light. The goal has now been achieved. The present Paper details the surprisingly simple distance expression and its validating agreement with Supernova data.

Why Copernicus Did Not Need a Force of Gravity —Explores the question of why no one, except Newton, invoked a force. (Posted April, 2011)

Gravity and Lambda —A Story of Opposites (.htm) —A story of opposites in harmony. Key differences between the Conventional Cosmology and the New Cosmology are presented.

Dynamic Cosmic Cell —The Structural Component of the DSSU —Animated image and discussion of the self-sustaining, self-balancing system.

Why Einstein Did Not Receive the Nobel Prize for His Theory of Relativity —“By 1922 Einstein had been nominated about fifty times —most were for his relativity theories.”

Questions & Answers & Comments


(2016 June) Now posted. Link to details:
DSSU Validated by Redshift Theory and Structural Evidence, Physics Essays, Vol.28, No.4, p455-473 (2015 Dec) —Delivers the coup de grâce to the Big Bang. Abstract & Links.
Both Reviewers enthusiastically endorsed this "well-written and incisive article."

The Dynamic Steady State Universe.
This work brings together the main pieces of the cosmic puzzle in a step-by-step construction of the Natural Universe. Published in Physics Essays Vol.27 No.2 (2014 June issue) (PDF download)  "... the arguments are well-made. The article is competent, enjoyable and readable." —Reviewer for Physics Essays Journal

Published 2016 January:
Olbers’ Paradox Resolved for the Infinite Non-Expanding Universe
, American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics Vol.4, No.1, (2016 January). Abstract & download links.
● “The man accredited with discovering universe expansion did not believe that the universe was expanding. Hubble was convinced that the key evidence, the cosmic redshift, was caused by some other factor, something more fundamental than mere expansion.”
● “With the recent discovery of a new cosmic-redshift mechanism, and its theoretical validation, it turns out that Hubble was right.”

"Cosmic Redshift in the Nonexpanding Cellular Universe" (Journal pdf) —details the actual causal mechanism. Published in the American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol.2, No.5 (2014) Abstract.
Local copy with quality images: (Preprint pdf).
• Entirely new concept for cosmic redshift mechanism;
• Retains the foundation premise of all modern cosmology;
• But does not require whole-universe expansion;
• A redshift based on the DSSU theory of unified gravity & cosmic cellular structure;
• Remarkable agreement with independently established redshift distances.

The Cosmology Debate That Never Happened
What historians call "the greatest cosmological debate in history” was between TWO  expanding universes —two hypothetical models that share the same, I repeat, the same foundational property! If one is to claim some great clash of ideas (let alone the "greatest") then surely there must exist some deep dividing difference! (Posted 2011 Oct)

The Case for a Cellular Universe
—the Story of a Baffling Omission in Modern Cosmology    (Revised 2015)

Large-Scale Structure of the Dynamic Steady State Universe published in the American Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol.4, No.6, 2016, pp.65-77. Astract and Links.
■ Presents the first 2 of the 4 main postulates that define the DSSU.
■ Space-medium expansion and contraction are perpetually held in balance, thus ensuring a non-expanding universe.
■ Explains how the two dynamic processes of the DSSU’s space medium sustain the cellular structure responsible for the pattern of matter distribution in our Universe.

Cosmic-Redshift Distance Law Without c Without H Comments & Links Simplifying the redshift-distance formula by removing the speed-of-light constant and the Hubble parameter —while maintaining agreement with observational evidence.

Big Bang Never Happened –Home Page and Summary

Noteworthy video of a simulated cellular universe. The nodal galaxy structures are most interesting.

DSSU Theory:

Theoretical Foundation and Pillars of the DSSU (Introduction) —This introductory essay gives a thematic tour of historical and modern universes culminating with the Natural Universe.

Currently undergoing revision and updating: Theoretical Foundation and Pillars of the Dynamic Steady State Universe (pdf) —The first complete presentation of all four postulates of DSSU theory. A powerful paper that resolves the cause-of-causes paradox, explains the non-independent nature of time, and reveals the 'supreme advantage'. It includes a concise comparison with standard cosmology focusing on real-world viability.
Supplementary Discussion: The Primary Process


The Fundamental Process of Energy —A Qualitative Unification of Energy, Mass, and Gravity. (Abstract & Reviews & Links) … This article reveals the secret behind photon confinement. (Contains only a bare minimum of mathematics and mainly in one of the 14 sections.)
PART 1 published in Infinite Energy Magazine Issue #113 (Jan/Feb 2014)
PART 2 published in Infinite Energy Magazine    Issue #114 (Mar/Apr 2014)

Headlined as:
A "Conceptual Unification of Energy, Mass and Gravity"

Dynamic Cosmic Cell —The Structural Component of the DSSU —Animated image and discussion of the self-sustaining, self-balancing system.

Unified Gravitation Cells of the DSSU —Constructing the Universe with Cosmic Gravity Cells

Space Flow Equations and Expansion-Contraction Rates (pdf) —This paper explores the mathematical aspects of the two space postulates of DSSU theory —and uncovers some profound consequences.


Documentary movie footage in which Einstein states, "There exists an aether"
High resolution .mpg video.
Low resolution .wmv video.

The Aether Experiments and the Impact on Cosmology —The aether has been detected at least 6 times in recent history. Its most recent "re-discovery", in 2001, led to the long-sought causal mechanism of gravity —a discovery which, in turn, is revolutionizing cosmology.

Michelson-Morley and the Story of the Aether Theory —Richard Milton's analysis of the historical details involving the misrepresentation, bias, and cover-up that hampered the Aether theory.

The History of the Aether Theory —The historic development of the aether as a scientific theory of space itself. What started as the "fifth element" of Antiquity becomes molded by theoretical constraints and experimental evidence into the dual-dynamic sub-quantum medium —the Essence of the Universe. (Updated 2016-2)

Relativity of Time in the Aether-Space of the DSSU —How intrinsic time and relative time are related.

DSSU Relativity –The Lorentz Transformations Applied to Aether-Space —Ranzan
Reprinted by permission of Physics Essays Publication, Physics  Essays Vol.23, No.3, p520. (2010). ABSTRACT

The Physical Nature of Length Contraction —the DSSU Theory of Length Contraction Induced by Absolute Motion.
An easy to follow examination of how the mode by which matter is “conducted” through luminiferous aether causes the matter to contract. A simple derivation of the mathematical expression for this physical phenomenon is presented. There is also a brief discussion of relevant historical aspects and of nonphysical length contraction.
Reviewer's comments: “This is amazing …”  “The paper is interesting …” –Applied Physics Research reviewer. Published in Applied Physics Research journal Vol.5, No.1 (2013 Feb).

Contradiction Divides Two Aether Theories —An exploration into the three parts of the speed-of-light postulate.
Reprinted by permission of PEP, from  Physics Essays Journal (Vol 24, No.3, Sept, 2011) ... ABSTRACT

Basic - level mathematical and graphical exploration of dynamic aether flow: PDF

Here is an external webpage with an extensive list of research papers on the aether-drift experiments, and the larger question of energy in space.


DSSU Cosmic Redshift-Distance Relation (htm) —Converting the cosmic redshift into distance for our Cellular Universe using a simple and elegant equation.

Large Scale Structure of the Dynamic Steady State Universe (pdf)  How a dual-dynamic space medium sustains the cellular structure (published in AJAA in 2016).
  —Presents the postulates and implications of regional space-medium expansion and contraction.

Cosmic-Scale Structural Features Explained (pdf) (Chapter 2 of original DSSU Manuscript)
—The Spacing of Clusters
—Sheets of Galaxies
—Right-angled Walls of Galaxies.

The Cosmic Background Radiation in the DSSU —The natural explanation of the microwave background radiation applicable to the natural Cellular Universe.

Ellipticity, Its Origin & Progression in Comoving GalaxiesAmerican Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics, AJAA, Vol.3, No.2, 2015.
Local  high-resolution PDF.
HTML version available from AJAA here.


The Processes of Gravitation –The Cause and Mechanism of Gravitation by C. Ranzan –A revolutionary paper on gravity published in the Journal of Modern Physics and Applications Vol.2014:3  (2014).
( Abstract & Reviews & Links. Includes link to hi-resolution PDF) "Revolutionary".

Why Copernicus Did Not Need a Force of Gravity —Explores the question of why no one, except Newton, invoked a force. (Rev 2011-9)

First ever, journal-published paper featuring the DSSU:
The Story of Gravity and Lambda –How the Theory of Heraclitus Solved the Dark Matter Mystery –Ranzan

Reprinted by permission of PEP, from Physics Essays, Vol 23, No1, p75-87 (2010 Mar). ABSTRACT
This is the cure for the fallacious belief in cosmic-scale Dark Matter.

The Story of Gravity and Lambda –How the Theory of Heraclitus Solved the Dark Matter Mystery (Color version) Ranzan Considered "an excellent contribution to the [PE journal]" --professional reviewer.

Unified Gravitation Cells of the DSSU —Constructing the Universe with Cosmic Gravity Cells



Why Einstein Did Not Receive the Nobel Prize for His Theory of Relativity (●Abstract ●Links ●Excerpts ●Extras) —“By 1922 Einstein had been nominated about fifty times —most were for his relativity theories.”

Einstein’s Simple Mathematical Trick –and the Illusion of a Constant Speed of Light  (Abridged version with links to Journal-published version. Posted July 2013)

Extended Relativity –Exploiting the Loopholes in Einstein's Relativity. A Logical extension of special relativity. Reprinted by permission of PEP, from Physics Essays Vol.25, No.3 (2012 Sept).
Abstract & Links & Reviews

The Three Components of the Speed-of-Light Postulate.  Published in Physics Essays journal Vol.26,No.1 (2013 March)
Local copy: The Three Components of the Speed-of-Light Postulate (pdf) Absolute vs relative. Variance vs invariance. Another instance of the Heraclitian "Harmony of Opposites." (Reprinted by permission of PEP, from Physics Essays, Vol.26, No.1, 2013).

Relativity of Time in the Aether Medium of the DSSU —Absolute Motion and Intrinsic Time

Resolving a Paradox in Special Relativity –Absolute Motion and the Unified Doppler Equation.
(Posted 2011, July). Reprinted by permission of PEP, from Physics  Essays Vol.23, No.4, p594 (2010). ABSTRACT

How DSSU Relativity Resolves the Speed Paradox (Introductory Discussion)   —Absolute Motion Resolves a (speed) Paradox in Einstein’s Special Relativity. (Supplementary Discussion)

DSSU Relativity –The Lorentz Transformations Applied to Aether-Space (Posted 2011, July). Reprinted by permission of Physics Essays Publication, Physics  Essays Vol.23, No.3, p520. (2010). ABSTRACT

The Key that Extends Einstein’s Relativity (Part 1) —Response to a reviewer critical of DSSU aether-space relativity
The Key that Extends Einstein’s Relativity (Part 2) —How to convert abstract-space equations into aether-space equations

Restoring the Physical Meaning of Energy
Published in Applied Physics Research journal Vol.5, No.2 (2013 May).
LOCAL COPY: Restoring the Physical Meaning of Energy —distinguishing between the apparent energy and the real energy of moving mass.

An Open Letter to the Scientific Community
(Published in New Scientist, May 22, 2004)

"The big bang today relies on a growing number of hypothetical entities, things that we have never observed-- inflation, dark matter and dark energy are the most prominent examples. Without them, there would be a fatal contradiction between the observations made by astronomers and the predictions of the big bang theory. In no other field of physics would this continual recourse to new hypothetical objects be accepted as a way of bridging the gap between theory and observation. It would, at the least, raise serious questions about the validity of the underlying theory. ..."  continues ...

A devastating Declaration of opposition to Big Bang cosmology signed by more than 400 Researchers.

For the full text click on: or alternate site.

This website is mainly concerned with revisionism in cosmology. Those of us involved in replacing the unnatural expanding-universe paradigm are aware of the difficulties involved.
   However, other revisionists have unimaginable difficulties. Consider the ongoing persecution of revisionists in other fields of intellectual pursuit: 
"It makes you wonder —about the immense effort being made by State and State-sponsored organizations with budgets of tens of millions of dollars and thousands of employees and associates to smother and punish these few men and women. Every punishing instrument imaginable is used, every vicious slander conceivable, every flagrant and pervasive form of censorship that law allows, including the imprisonment of simple writers for thought crimes against the State. ... Makes you wonder."Bradley R. Smith (2011)

"Discussing truth is so controversial, so dangerous … In most of the world it is simply illegal.” Gordon Duff, Senior Editor, Veterans Today (2011)

DEDICATION: This website is solemnly dedicated to those individuals who have conducted research in their chosen field and have informed others of their inquiries and suffered the consequences when subpoenaed by the Inquisition or some variant thereof. The dedication extends to those individuals currently imprisoned, and those now facing trial and persecution simply for exercising their basic human right of freedom of expression supposedly granted to them under the UN Charter of Human Rights.
"Every year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work."

ALSO: Be aware of the continuing threat to our precious freedom of expression on the Internet. The threat is serious and relentless. It is described as “… the formal effort to mimic Communist China’s system of Internet censorship.” See The Secret Behind SOPA  (2012-Jan). Update.
More information on threats to internet freedom:

Reporter-journalist Arthur Topham, Canadian victim of the Inquisition, arrested (2012) for posting his research.
“Arthur Topham faces prison time for daring to speak his mind on his own website, as he faces criminal charges under Canada’s hate crimes legislation contained in Section 318 - 320 of the criminal code.” –Rights and Freedoms Bulletin Issue No. 204 Feb 7, 2015.
VERDICT: Arthur Topham found “guilty” AND “not guilty” of hate speech by a brain-dead jury!
 –Dr. James Sears, reporting in “The world’s Largest Anti-Marxist Publication” (Issue 2015 December,
2016 Update: Panel Discussion on The Trial of Arthur Topham

The persecution of Marc Lemire, for merely expressing his reasoned opinion, continues. On October 2, 2012, (Canadian) Federal Court Judge Mosley upheld the constitutionality of the repressive Sec.13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. This "Section 13" specifically hands over control of the Internet to the HRC thought police. “Marc Lemire Appeals outrageous ruling by the Federal Court on Section 13 censorship”
Two years later (2014), the abuse continues!
From a 2015 report of Marc Lemire’s 10-year struggle to preserve his right to freedom of speech: “Found guilty for publishing a document he did not write and didn’t even know existed on his website until he faced prosecution, Lemire faces a lifetime ban on his freedom of speech should he lose his last court appeal.” –Rights and Freedoms Bulletin Issue No. 204 Feb 7, 2015

The struggle for freedom and justice in Canada has lost its greatest champion, its most dedicated defender. On March 11, 2013, Douglas Christie passed away.

British Maverick Psychologist jailed for publishing his research. … “The ambivalence of librarians getting writers imprisoned quite defies comprehension.” –Simon Sheppard (2013)

The repression of free speech in Canada has degenerated to the point where …
■ A tenured professor has lost his position for revealing his research and views on history. This is unprecedented. Professor Anthony J. Hall at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, has been suspended (2016 October 5) without pay.
■ A publisher/editor, for expressing his reality-based views, has been denied postal services. Dr. James Sears, publisher and editor of Your Ward News was stripped of Canada Post Mail Service by government order (2016 June).
■ A violin teacher and truth revealer, Monika Schaefer, for posting a video (an apology to her dead mother), has been attacked by various so-called community leaders.

The treatment of violinist Monika Schaefer signals the end of our free and democratic society.” –The American Herald Tribune, 2016 Sept

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 Mysteries and Paradoxes that Plague Standard Cosmology

Exposing the Untenability of the Expanding Universe Paradigm


Conrad Ranzan
DSSU Research, Niagara Falls, Canada

Published as an open-access article at; 2008 (rev2014)




The Failed Quest
What Big Bang?
Mystery of the Primordial Atom
Mystery of Black Holes
Mystery of Anomalous Redshifts
Cosmic Edge Riddle
Curvature-of-Space Mystery
The Entropy Paradox
Homogeneity Paradox
Flatness-Oldness Problem
Age-of-the-Universe Paradox
Horizon Riddle
Structure in the Universe
Mystery of the Cosmological Constant
Galaxy Formation Mystery
Rotation-of-Galaxies Mystery
Galaxy Morphology-Density Mystery
Infinite Universe Mystery
The Mystery of Gravitation
Shape-of-the-Universe Mystery
Planck-Scale Space-Time Mystery
Dark Matter & Dark Energy Mystery
Inflation Mystery
Expressions of Doubt
Mystery of the Accelerating Universe (The Crisis of 1998)
And More Mysteries




The Failed Quest

   In a popular book that details the scientific quest for the secrets of the Universe, Dennis Overbye, science writer for the New York Times, makes it clear that the search has failed. Overbye readily admits, “in a way this book is about failure.” One reads in the book “about what it’s like to be on the cosmological quest ... [with] the priests and the mythmakers of our technological age”[Overbye,  p3] and, upon finishing the last chapter, one is disappointed to find that the secret of the Universe is missing.

   Standard cosmology has failed, utterly and completely, in revealing the true reality of the Universe —the reality of its fundamental structure and fundamental processes.
   Along the journey of mankind’s quest for the secrets of the Universe the participants stumbled, misread the clues, and headed down the wrong road. Long ago in the year 1887, cosmologists found themselves at a fork in the road. In that historic year, pioneering scientists misinterpreted a critically important physics experiment. A smaller-than-expected speed for the Earth’s motion through aether-space was duly found and recorded; but rather than suspect some flaw in the instrument’s calibration, the final conclusion of this famous experiment was that the aether motion had not been detected. This conclusion, which became known as the Michelson-Morley “null result,” sent fundamental physics and mainstream cosmology down a tortuous path.

   That error —invalid conclusion, wrong road— occurred in the 19th century. Then, in the following century, that same wrong road eventually led a major branch of science into the Big Bang blunder and the fabrication of an associated creation myth. This strange combination passes for standard cosmology, whose defining feature is whole-universe expansion.  Today in the 21st century the space sciences are still traveling along this same path in the same wrong direction.

   Standard cosmology is in the midst of a crisis. What follows should leave no doubt.

What Big Bang?

   One of the world’s most famous astronomers (and unquestionably the world’s expert on peculiar galaxies), Halton Arp, has collected the evidence over many years and —personally as well as professionally— maintains that extragalactic redshifts are not caused by an expanding universe. In taking such a contrarian stand, this distinguished Professor is denying the very foundation of all big bang (BB) models! If the universe does not expand then obviously it does not constitute any sort of big explosion. No big bang! [Arp 1998]

   Halton Arp recognizes the crisis in his field, knows it is on the wrong path, and struggles, in his words, “to get the mainstream of astronomy back on track.”


I believe the observational evidence has become overwhelming, and the Big Bang has in reality been toppled. There is now a need to communicate the new observations, the connections between objects and the new insights into the workings of the universe ---all the primary obligations of academic science, which has generally tried to suppress or ignore such dissident information. –Halton Arp [Arp 1998, Preface]


   One famous physicist/cosmologist, Hannes Alfvén (1908-1995) —a Nobel Laureate (plasma physics 1970) no less— came to recognize and boldly reject the implausible. He was not about to waste time on a road going nowhere. And neither was he going to waste words. To him it was patently evident that the big bang never happened !


There is no rational reason to doubt that the universe has existed indefinitely, for an infinite time. It is only myth that attempts to say how the universe came into being either four thousand years ago or twenty billion years ago. –Hannes Alfvén as in [Lerner 1988]


   What did happen is that those early pioneers, confronted with convincing evidence that cosmic space expands and presented with sound theory that space (the vacuum) must expand, wisely concluded that space indeed expands. But then some of those pioneers got carried away; they decided that the entire Universe must be expanding!
   The astronomers had their redshift measurements of apparently receding galaxies and the relativist theorists had their mathematical magic ... and the rest is history. The Big Bang was adopted as a result of an overzealous utilization of history’s grandest unscientific extrapolation.
   Problem was, and still is, that the extrapolation won’t work. There are serious problems with space-expansion extrapolation (think cosmic-edge paradox) as well as with temporal extrapolation (think beginning-of-universe paradox).


The problem with Big Bang theorists, Alfvén argues, is that they try to extrapolate the origin of the universe from mathematical theories rather than from laboratory phenomena ... –Eric J. Lerner [Lerner 1988]


   Now for some of the details of the treacherous road of obstacles and pitfalls that impede the advancement of space science in general and cosmology in particular. The obstacles are the mysteries and unanswered questions that have led to a state of crisis. For the most part they are the direct consequences of the invalid BB cosmology. Most are simply unresolvable within a universal-expansion paradigm. The following compilation is not in any particular order, except that it begins with the Big Bang’s primordial speck-of-almost-nothing and culminates with the devastating Crisis of 1998.

Mystery of the Primordial Atom

   The Big Bang universe is said to have originated as an infinitely small primordial atom of infinite matter density. But, according to cosmologist Edward R. Harrison [Harrison 1981,  p229], “What happens at infinite density is not known, and for physical reasons it is probable that a singular state of this nature is unattainable.” Yet this atom is said to transform itself into the BB universe.

   Now is there anyone who would deny that a speck of almost nothing that contains almost everything is an outrageous paradox? The mystery of the primordial atom is so unfathomable, so paradoxical, that it can hardly qualify as science! The primordial atom is but a fantasy —an outright contradiction.

Mystery of Black Holes

   This should more properly be called the mystery of the mechanism of gravitational collapse. The black-hole concept simply represents but one interpretation of gravitational collapse, one consequence of excessive matter concentration.
   In 1939 Einstein published a paper in which he showed that matter could not be so condensed that the Schwarzschild radius would fall outside the physical boundaries of the gravitating body and thus become a reality. Einstein had essentially proved that gravitational collapse does not result in a singular state; collapse does not result in a black hole. (Unfortunately Einstein’s finding was not properly appreciated and never incorporated into the dominate view. Peter Bergmann, one of Einstein’s students, in a book The Riddle of Gravitation he authored many years later, played down the significance of the 1939 paper by stating that Einstein “attempted to show” that matter could not be so concentrated as to form a black hole [Bergmann 1992, p131]. Bergmann, who had obviously become a fan of black holes, implied, with his choice of the phrase “attempted to show,” that Einstein’s proof had somehow failed.) Unfortunately Einstein’s sound reasoning on black holes was never adopted.

   The equally eminent J. Robert Oppenheimer, along with two collaborators, argued that when sufficient mass becomes concentrated it will collapse into its Schwarzschild radius, and it will do so because matter losses its stability to resist its own self gravitation [Bergmann 1992, p131]. The Oppenheimer team essentially proved that gravitational collapse does occur. If the concentration of mass-and-energy is great enough, nothing whatsoever can prevent the collapse. Here again, there is sound reasoning backing the argument. The relevant question then is: But what is the nature of this collapse?
   The gravitational-collapse mystery has the most amazing resolution. It turns out that under the New Cosmology resolution Einstein and Oppenheimer were both right! The resolution that eludes mainstream thinking is that gravitational collapse does not imply the formation of black holes.

Mystery of Anomalous Redshifts

   Halton Arp, over the years, has “collected enough so-called anomalous redshifts to have overthrown conventional big bang cosmology.” [Overbye,  p390]

   Astronomers have found many galaxy pairs and galaxy groups in which the members are evidently close to each other —even interacting— yet have redshifts that are radically at odds! Their redshifts don’t make sense: If two galaxies are roughly in the same place then their measured redshifts should agree with each other, since redshift is supposed to be a measure of their distance (although the redshift may include a relatively minor Doppler component due to local motion). The observational fact that they don’t is considered anomalous. The mystery is in the cause, and also why some of the anomalies are so extreme.

Cosmic Edge Riddle

   The cosmic edge riddle is probably the oldest riddle in cosmology. In simple terms: Any finite universe has a cosmic edge. How does one deal with that edge? In its ancient form the question was graphically posed by the Pythagorean soldier-philosopher Archytas of the 5th century B.C.; what happens to a spear when it is hurled across the outer boundary of such a universe? [Harrison 1981, p104]
   What about an expanding universe? If it is finite and Euclidean with three spatial dimensions, we would ask:

If the universe is expanding, what in the world (or whatever) is it expanding into? Furthermore, if it is expanding into a nothingness-void (or whatever), why isn’t that considered part of our universe?

   The Expanding-type universe based on general relativity is able to solve the cosmic edge riddle by mathematically zippering the boundary "edges" together resulting in a seamless cosmos.  Don't try to visualize this. It only works mathematically.

Curvature-of-Space Mystery

   The curvature of space is a mathematical concept; a mathematical contortion of spacetime coordinates; a mathematical formula. Curvature is a concept that wonderfully describes what gravity does to things like stars, objects, and light beams. Unfortunately no one seems to know what this curvature actually is. Yes, of course, we all know that mass curves space; but what in the name of reality does that mean?
   What is it that matter does to surrounding space? ... Does it flash geometric equations? ... Signal with tensor matrices?
   And so, another mystery —a mystery that extends into the spatial curvature of the entire BB universe. Hence, we find in research papers, and popular articles, numerous references to the space curvature problem. For many years the question used to be, "Is the curvature of the universe positive (closed), negative (open), or flat?" Sounds like a simple enough question to solve —given our modern observational sophistication. Anyway, a solution was found, but amazingly the mystery has deepened. The two part question now being asked is: Why is the universe negatively curved?! —and yet at the same time appear so flat?! What is it to be, hyperbolic curvature or zero curvature?

It is best to reserve judgment until better data is obtained.
–Professor Edward Wright (1998) on the determination of spatial curvature

   While we wait for a resolution let us continue along the Big Bang, Expanding universe, mystery tour.  ...

The Entropy Paradox

   Mainstream cosmology tries to avoid this puzzling pitfall. The topic is rather embarrassing. The truth of the matter is that both the open and the flat BB universes (these are the versions that have the universe expanding forever) are based on a paradox —actually a double paradox. And what is so embarrassing is that it is the worst kind of paradox one could have in any theory —thermodynamic law violation.
   It is useful to understand the basic fact that heat energy is disordered energy and is therefore the highest entropy form of energy. And we all know that at the primordial big-bang-moment things were hot —really, really hot! In theory, the temperature was at its maximum. Naturally we should be able to assert that entropy was also highest at that moment at the birth of the BB universe. Now if entropy is maximum in the early big bang, then how can entropy increase as it is supposed to during the subsequent evolution of the universe? Entropy is already at maximum! How can it increase further? And yet thermodynamic law says it must increase! ... A paradox.


Recall that the primordial fireball was a thermal state—a hot gas in expanding thermal equilibrium. Recall, also, that the term ‘thermal equilibrium’ refers to a state of maximum entropy. However, the second law demands that in its initial state, the entropy of [the BB] universe was at some sort of minimum, not a maximum!
What has gone wrong?
–Roger Penrose
[Penrose 1990, p328]


   What is more, the open/flat universe (this includes the currently popular accelerating version), by definition, expands forever. As it expands its regional average temperature becomes colder and colder. In time, stars die, galaxies collapse, black holes evaporate. Left-over radiation is relentlessly redshifted (a consequence of universal space expansion). The temperature —the measure of the weakening radiation— drops. The temperature in all regions of the universe approaches the ultimate low of absolute zero. And in tandem, entropy approaches its ultimate low value. By definition a system at absolute zero has zero entropy. So the universe ends up having an ultimately low entropy when it is supposed to end up (according to proven physical law) in a maximum state of disorder (i.e., high entropy).
   And we are left wondering: How can it be that entropy decrease in this supposedly natural and closed system —the BB-expanding-universe system? The second law is clear, entropy must only increase or remain constant! Again, a paradox.

Homogeneity Paradox

   For an overview of the homogeneity riddle let me simply quote from Edward Harrison’s cosmology textbook [Harrison, p314]:


Widely separated regions, billions of light years apart, are in similar states and are dynamically synchronized. We would feel more comfortable with this amazing state of homogeneity if we could explain why it exists.


   It is also known as the uniformity paradox. “A major paradox in cosmology is the near uniformity of the universe” is how it was explained in Scientific American Jan 1999 [Bucher & Spergel 1999, p69].  As happens with bad theories, there is a deeper confounding level to any mystery. Such is the case here. Because the BB is an evolving cosmos, there is an additional perplexing aspect to the uniformity paradox:  Why does the distant past look practically the same as the near-and-present?! Looking 10 billion years, even 13 billion years, into the past looks very much the same as the present.
   That’s not the way it is supposed to appear in an expanding universe! Metaphorically speaking, the challenge here is to explain how something, say a building, can look almost the same before and after it is ballistically blown apart.
   The situation is this: Not only is the BB universe everywhere uniform now; but it also appears to be uniform in time. Past and present, then and now, are evidently uniform with each other. In other words, the supposedly evolving BB universe seems strangely not to be evolving! ... Any objections to calling this the cosmic-evolution paradox?
   And yet, the resolution is so utterly obvious.

Flatness-Oldness Problem

   Originally the Flatness problem was described as the “riddle of why the universe is neither dramatically open nor closed, but appears to be almost perfectly balanced between these states.” [Ferris 1988, p398]
   After the cosmology crisis of 1998 the problem became: Why is the balance tipped in favor of an open universe doomed to expand forever?
   Notice how the course of  BB cosmology is often a matter of replacing one problem with another.

   In addition to the Fatness problem there is also an Oldness problem. Both are rooted in the criticality of the universe’s total matter density. For the Flatness problem, if the matter density ratio deviates from the critical value, the universe will either collapse (making it a closed universe) or expand (making it an open universe).
   Now for the Oldness problem, this same density ratio has an affect on the BB universe’s life span. If the density is slightly above criticality (by as little as 1 part in 1024 during the first nanosecond of the primordial genesis) the universe would already have ended. While a lower density leads to a universe without end. The question is, why should we be so close to that magic critical density? Hence, the Oldness riddle. And the combined flatness-oldness riddle is a two sided coin. [Wright 2003]

Age-of-the-Universe Paradox

     It seems that certain objects in the Universe have been found to be older than the BB universe itself. A somewhat embarrassing situation. Among the most ancient observable stars are those found in globular star-clusters some of which are located near the Milky Way galaxy. Estimates of their age, based on calculations of how fast stars burn their nuclear fuel, have ranged from 10 to 20 billion years (depending on the values of the various parameters used) [Krauss, p56]. Such objects appear to be older than the BB universe.
   Science News, March 30, 2002, reported the discovery of the most distant galaxy to date. The redshift measured 6.56, the highest ever recorded. According to BB cosmology the object lies more than 13 billion lightyears from Earth, and by implication existed a mere 780 million years after the initial big bang. Another team of astronomers was reported to have imaged a primordial grouping of galaxies —making it the most distant known cluster. Think about what this means. For BB believers it means fully formed galaxies and complete galaxy clusters all less than one billion years old! But, of course, galaxies simply cannot form in such a short time. Hence, an Age paradox.
   Normally a paradox is justification for model abandonment. However, the BB model pulled a rabbit from its hat —something called inflation. It solves the Age problem but does so at the expense of introducing an even greater mystery. (See Inflation Mystery, below.)

Horizon Riddle

   The Horizon mystery can be described in somewhat simplified terms in the following way. Consider the early BB universe at 300,000 years after its spontaneous genesis. The temperature of the sky in opposite directions was about 3000 kelvin (per BB theory). These opposite regions are not in contact and cannot influence each other. Yet amazingly, 10 or 15 billion years later (in the BB present era) the measured temperature in the opposite extremes of the sky are equal to each other by better than 1 part in 10,000. Remarkably, the Cosmic Background Radiation (having 2.7 K temperature) observable in any direction of our cosmic horizon does not deviate by more than 1 part in 10,000. How is such coordination possible? This is known as the Horizon riddle in BB cosmology. [Wright 2003]

Structure in the Universe

(also known as the inhomogeneity mystery)

   The following statement was true when it was written in the 1980s. For BB believers it is still true today.


How the original unstructured universe evolved into its present highly structured state is a major unsolved riddle in cosmology.
–E.R. Harrison
[Harrison 1981, p218]


   The structure being referred to here is not of galaxies themselves but the structure of the grouping of galaxies —the way they cluster, the way they arrange into superclusters.


Rich superclusters and voids form a quasi-regular lattice; ... However, there are several problems not solved yet. [Such as] How large is the region of the regular superclusters-void network? ... Finally, the theoretical questions: Why is there a preferred scale and why does it have a [specific] value?

 ... no experimental result can be taken seriously if not explained theoretically.

Also further theoretical analysis is needed to find the physical origin of the scale and the extent of the regularity.

–Jaan Einasto
[Einasto 2003]


   Let me make this clear: Astronomer Einasto, in his 2003 Paper, is telling us that we should not take seriously the observed cellular structure of the Universe because none of the BB theories predict or support such findings!!
    Professor Einasto seems unaware, or just unconcerned, that the BB failed in 1998, that it is time to abandon the BB road-to-nowhere, that it is time for a reality check. An entirely new roadmap is available. But who will risk a change of direction? Certainly not the theorists trained and indoctrinated under the Expansion-universe paradigm. While extremely reluctant to accept new ideas, they are completely immune to revolutionary proposals. The veracity and extraordinary explanatory power of a new theory is of no concern, but is simply dismissed as an intriguing curiosity. Sadly, such is the effectiveness of the mind conditioning, the Pavlovian compliance to the official worldview.

   Evidently the steering wheel of the BB wagon is stuck, as we witness the BB Designers searching for intelligibility, unfortunately in the same old wrong direction. The situation is so desperate that they are willing to try almost anything. For instance, some cosmologists have decided that understanding is now to be sought in, of all things, “randomness”! That’s right, chaotic processes! BB cosmology is now, and has been for some time, focusing on the disorder of structure, or randomness: “The naïve notion that at some scale the cosmos becomes uniform has been replaced by an appreciation that the large-scale structure of the universe must be understood in terms of random processes.” [Landy 1999, p38] Although this quote, which was made by astrophysicist Stephen D. Landy, expresses optimism that the new understanding will “help in untangling some of the thorniest issues in cosmology”; the "new insight" only serves to further misdirect the unroadworthy BB model.

   New understanding? New insight? Not to mention a new working relationship between astronomers and theoreticians: Astronomers find patterns, while astrophysicists predict chaos! It is a strange relationship that keeps the BB wagon rambling along: While Jaan Einasto observes orderly cosmic-cell structure,  professor Stephen Landy orders-up a theory of disorder!

   What can I say? ... If you don’t understand the workings of the Universe, the real Universe, simply call them “random process.” But take note, randomness may lead to confusion. Nevertheless, for some of the faithful professionals it seems that confusion is a good sign, as expressed in the next comment.


[T]he Universe is a complicated place, to put it mildly, and it is silly to think we will run out of productive lines of research anytime soon. Confusion is a sign that we are doing something right: it is the fertile commotion of a construction site.”
–James E. Peebles
[Peebles 2002]


   BB cosmology has been under construction during many many years. How long? Since 1932, to be exact. When will the weary crews notice that the structure, the efforts of their labors, lacks a proper foundation? When indeed.

   Meanwhile, other mysteries demand attention.

Mystery of the Cosmological Constant

   Steven Weinberg, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics for 1979, has written: “Theoretical physicists have been trying for years to understand the cancellation of the cosmological constant, so far without having found any convincing explanation.” [Weinberg 1992, p225]

“... most efforts concerning the cosmological constant now focus on finding the underlying misunderstanding, the missing piece of the standard model or the misconception about the vacuum ...” –Larry Abbot [Abbot 1988]

“In spite of a lot of hard work and creative ideas we still do not know why the cosmological constant is so small.” –Larry Abbot [Abbot 1988]

“Not even [Stephen] Hawking claimed to understand the cosmological constant problem.” –D. Overbye [Overbye 1999, p241]

   The Cosmological constant has to do with the energy associated with space, that is, the vacuum of space. Energy, like mass, produces a gravitational effect; and because the universe is practically a sea of vacuum, the energy of (or within) that vacuum must have an enormously powerful effect on the gravitational behavior of the BB universe, on its rate of expansion or contraction. A positive-valued Cosmological constant is generally associated with an expansion scenario. Astronomical observations into the deepest corners of the universe have found the vacuum energy to be surprisingly small, practically negligible.
   It is the smallness of the observed value that gives rise to the greatest quantitative mystery ever encountered. While the measured value is miniscule, the theoretically predicted value is unimaginably large. The difference is unequivocally irreconcilable. No amount of tinkering with theory parameters will work. And this is why a complete cancellation effect is sought. The heart of the Cosmological-constant mystery lies in the nature of the cancellation mechanism.
   There are two factors to consider here; the first relates to the observed smallness. An elementary fact, a basic-physics and non-controversial truth, is that vacuum expansion is a positive-energy effect and vacuum contraction is a negative-energy effect. It so happens that vacuum expansion and vacuum contraction may occur in segregated regions and totally cancel each other. Properly configured, it works as an ongoing steady-state cancellation effect. Operating as it does on a cosmic scale, it is a truly simple and elegant cancellation mechanism and is, in large part, responsible for the cellular structure of our universe.
   Now here is an ironic dilemma with a paradoxical twist: The foregoing proven-to-work resolution is not available to the BB theorists. The reason is self-evident. Solving the enigma of the observed small Cosmological constant by this method would utterly destroy the Expanding-universe paradigm. If the resolution of balancing space expansion with space contraction were to be adopted, then there would be nothing driving the expansion of the whole universe —there would be no Big Bang! Thus, in BB cosmology, the first part of the Cosmological-constant mystery will always remain a mystery.
   The second factor in the cancellation relates to the absurd theoretical value. Mainstream cosmology, having ignored (or missed) the important message contained in Einstein’s Leyden lecture, has a deep misconception of the nature of the vacuum.

   As a concluding remark, the resolution of the cancellation enigma can only be found within the new paradigm. Therein, the quest for the Holy Grail of the Cosmological constant leads, on the small scale, directly to the subquantum nature of vacuum and leads, on the large scale, directly to the cellular nature of the stable-and-nonexpanding universe.

Galaxy Formation Mystery

   Like a tour guide Roger Penrose announces the next point of interest, “Here we run into the unresolved and controversial issue of how galaxies are actually formed, ...” [Penrose 1990, p328]

   And in case my fellow travelers have any doubt, Steven Weinberg assures us, “No one knows how galaxies formed...” [Weinberg 1992, p239]

   I have cited a mathematician, a particle physicist. Let me also cite an astronomer-astrophysicist.

“It is not too much to say that the understanding of why there are these different kinds of galaxy, of how galaxies originate, constitutes the biggest problem in present-day astronomy.” –Fred Hoyle as in [Harrison 1981, p68]

   In conventional galaxy formation theory, intergalactic space is supposed to be virtually empty. It is not. Furthermore, angular momentum is supposed to be retained. It is not retained. “Unfortunately, in the simulations the angular momentum leaks away ... to the dark matter ... Apparently the models are still missing an essential ingredient.” [Kauffmann & Bosch 2002]

“It remains to be seen whether the problems really can be fixed or whether they indicate a need for a completely new framework [for] our theory of galaxy formation ...” [Kauffmann & Bosch 2002, p21]

   Significantly and not by happenstance, the latter Scientific American article gives no source, no causation mechanism, for the angular momentum. This glaring omission takes us to the next impasse along the BB road.

Rotation-of-Galaxies Mystery

   The pivotal question here is What is it that starts galaxies spinning? ... Check any textbook or research paper. You will find no clear answer. Nowhere will you find the root cause of the rotation of galaxies! It is suspected that the cause of rotation has something to do with galactic close-encounters, such as galaxies approaching each other and somehow entering into an orbital relationship ultimately leading to a merger and a concentration of angular momentum. The problem is, why would field galaxies be moving in opposing directions in the first place? Although getting a pair of galaxies to start orbiting each other is not a simple matter —theoretically they should simply fly past each other on a hyperbolic trajectory— once the orbiting is initiated then a lengthy process of merge into a spinning spiral galaxy becomes inevitable. But the underlying problem remains. The deep mystery in standard cosmology is why any two galaxies, other than those falling into the core of some galaxy cluster, would be heading in opposing directions!?
    In general, all galaxies are supposed to partake in a universal expansion; all are part of one-and-the-same explosion-like expansion; all heading in the same radial direction. Galaxies do not bounce off cosmic walls and they certainly do not change direction on their own.

Galaxy Morphology-Density Mystery

   According to an article in Scientific American, the “so-called morphology-density relation has long puzzled astronomers.” Where galaxies are sparsely distributed through space, spirals dominate the population, only 10 to 20 percent are ellipticals. For the galaxies that are packed into clusters the situation is reversed. “Ellipticals are the majority, and the spirals that do exist are anemic systems depleted of gas and young stars.” [Kauffmann & Bosch 2002]
   Strangely, within dense galaxy clusters, where you would expect much turbulence and many encounters to occur, spiral galaxies are relatively rare. While in isolated and less-dense regions, where you would expect sedentary elliptical-type galaxies, spirals are abundant. How paradoxical!

Infinite Universe Mystery

   A fundamental question: Is the universe limited or is it limitless in size?


We do not know whether the universe as a whole is finite or infinite in extent —either in space or in time  –R. Penrose [Penrose 1990, p4]


   This mystery does much to expose the lack of predictive potency of BB cosmology —unable to officially commit itself to either finitude or infinitude. It sounds paradoxical but its underlying theory of general relativity allows the Big Bang to be spatially finite or infinite.

The Mystery of Gravitation

   The penultimate mystery surely must be the enigmatic effect known as gravitation. Most truth seekers seem to agree that the riddle of gravitation ranks second only to the mystery of existence itself.

   Newton’s theory of gravity provided a functional numerical description of how matter-to-matter attraction works but did not explain what gravity is.


I have not been able to discover the cause of those properties of gravity from phenomena, and I frame no hypotheses;  –Isaac Newton


   In 1916 Albert Einstein perfected the mathematical analysis of the phenomenon. His general theory of relativity is considered the current standard theory of gravitation. The theory gives an amazingly precise description of the gravitational distortion of space; matter tells space how to curve, while the curvature of space tells matter how to move. But why? and how? is left unexplained.


Gravity as a warping of space was a credible notion, though it gave not the least hint as to the nature or origin of gravitation; why the presence of matter should affect ‘space’ was left unexplained. –Edward Milne as in [Harrison 1981, p316]


   This missing explanation for the cause of gravity is probably the reason that Einstein’s distinguished student, Peter G. Bergmann, titled his book "The Riddle of Gravitation" (Dover Publications, Inc., New York).

   In standard cosmological models it is a mystery how matter manages to curve the space around it. It is a mystery how matter senses and responds to space curvature. How indeed does matter/energy curl up physical space?

   What about gravitons, you ask?


Is gravitation best attributed to the curvature of spacetime due to the presence of masses or to a force between masses? Or should it be attributed to the actions of a type of fundamental particle called a graviton, as conjectured in some modern physics theories? We do not know. –Halliday, et al. [Halliday 1997, p339]



Shape-of-the-Universe Mystery

   The editor of Scientific American, in Sept 1998, stated clearly,

“...the single most important unknown fact in cosmology: [is] the shape of the universe.” [p22]

   You can really get lost in this Gordian mystery as you enter the twisted realm of topology and multiple higher dimensions. Unraveling the topological shape of the universe involves the esoteric branch of cosmology that is explored exclusively by mathematicians. We don’t hear much about successes in this field simply because there aren’t any. The mathematical complexity is so multi-layered that the challenge is in knowing when you’ve arrived at the answer, for the answer may be even more complex than the original question. For instance, the simplest version of string theory proposes that the universe has nine dimensions. Not five, six, seven, or eight, but exactly nine!
   The mystery here, at least for the rest of us who still like to think in terms of objective reality, is this: Why bother with higher dimensions when the real universe has only three spatial dimensions (and time is only a mathematical contrivance for the sake of convenience)?
   Lest my fellow travelers become weary along this road of a failing cosmology they may be consoled by the assurance that clear and definitive resolutions for all the mysteries being encountered are available. Remember the fork in the road described earlier. There lies the road of resolutions —that other road, rejected and by-passed back in the year 1887. Be assured an entirely different experience is in store, one that will fulfill our need for clear, objective, intuitive, and self-consistent answers. It is the road that the new cosmology, the DSSU, follows.

Planck-Scale Space-Time  Mystery

   The Planck scale is where small becomes really really small. This mystery deals with the fundamental nature of space and space-time on a scale of quantum units —a truly unimaginable small scale.


But nobody has a precise notion of exactly what happens when and where inside the fundamental space-time uncertainty volume. –Henning Genz [Genz 1994, p205]


   Treat this one with deep respect —for this is the mind-boggling mystery where cosmology, the science of the ultimately large, meets particle physics, the science of the ultimately small.

Dark Matter & Dark Energy Mystery

   Standard cosmology has been, for several decades, in search of what used to be called the missing mass, but is now called dark matter —the stuff supposedly needed to produce the "observed" gravitation.


It is embarrassing to admit, but astronomers still don’t know what our universe is made of. The objects that emit radiation that we can observe —such as stars, quasars and galaxies— constitute only a small fraction of the universe’s matter. –Martin Rees [Rees 2002, p84]


   Not only embarrassing, but by now, downright discouraging.

   Conventional cosmology is in dire need of a prodigious amount of dark matter for the purpose of explaining (1) the spiral galaxy anomaly (whereby the galaxy as a whole rotates far too quickly according to Newton’s theory) and (2) the cohesion of galaxy clusters. Without dark matter, according to the conventional argument, spirals and clusters would fly apart for lack of gravitational mass.
   The dark matter has never been seen, which is not surprising —it’s dark. The problem is that it has never been detected by any means whatsoever. The mystery is that the academics in the field have no idea what constitutes this dark stuff!

Inflation Mystery

   Could it be? ... Good grief! ... Maybe it’s all just a monstrous mistake. Quoting again from Scientific American Cosmos 2002:


... a nagging doubt [in mainstream cosmology theories]: Could the enthusiasm generated by inflation [theory] and its offshoots conceal a monstrous error? –João Magueijo [Magueijo 2002, p98]


   A helpful tip for those new to the subject of cosmology: When you see the word “inflation” in connection with mainstream cosmology it simply means a super fast Big Bang genesis. Yes, it’s faster than a speeding bullet —even faster than the speed of light. Does it violate the laws of physics? Probably not. Conveniently, during this early evolutionary stage, the laws of physics were still being coded and had not been finalized. It seems, the proponents of the inflation hypothesis use a strategy by which laws are menu-ordered as needed. There is, however, the peril of ordering-up an unpalatable law. The risk lies in choosing wrong and having no way of checking, no way of validating.

   Confronted with frantic expansion faster than lightspeed and fickle laws of physics ... what can I say? With no constraining ties to reality, science becomes impotent! The pursuit of objectivity becomes meaningless; and Academic cosmology becomes modern myth-making.

   Inflation is a make-believe mystery.

Expressions of Doubt

   Despite the rough going the establishment is committed to staying the course. The practitioners of the BB hypothesis know the problems. They know the seriousness and extent. And they occasionally express doubts about its validity —warning us that there may be flaws, helpfully labeling their "product" with disclaimers.


... we have our doubts about the ultimate validity of the modern standard models of elementary particle physics and cosmology, ... –Henning Genz [Genz 1994, p79]

The universe may have remained the same, at all times, on the average. There are theories that have matter formation and disintegration balance each other at all times. I, together with the majority of scientists, don’t believe this to be a viable model. But beware of majority rule among scientists; the reader would do well to be open to alternatives that might replace the accepted model of the hot Big Bang. –Henning Genz
[Genz 1994, p268]

Since its beginnings, the Big Bang Theory has evolved to rely on a growing number of hypotheses required to explain experimental observations: … The continuous addition of new hypotheses to a theory constantly in disagreement with observations is a strong indication that the underlying assumption, the Big Bang, is invalid. Based on the large number of publications which expose the theory's weaknesses, it is becoming clear that the Big Bang Theory is collapsing under the weight of its own untested assumptions. –Louis Marmet
[Marmet 2013]



Mystery of the Accelerating Universe
(The Crisis Of 1998)

   Anyone with even a passing interest in space science is familiar with this unforeseen development that occurred in 1998. In that year the research into the decay of distant supernovae events revealed that these objects are actually considerably farther from us than had been expected. The findings were so contrary to theory that at first there was considerable doubt. It was only after another study, by an independent team, came to the same conclusion (that these "standard candle" exploding stars were 20% to 25% farther than expected) that the crisis hit home. The standard theories of the universe, the hot big bang model and inflationary big bang model, had predicted that the matter in the universe thrown out by the "big bang" should decelerate as gravity acts to slow down this matter and eventually pull it all inward in a "big crunch." But now, it seems, the opposite is true: the speed of expansion of the universe is increasing! Mysteriously, the universe is now accelerating —or so it is believed.

   The failure of standard big bang theory became dramatically obvious. The crisis threatened to destroy long-standing theories and was, in timely fashion, detailed in a PBS NOVA program. And four years later (in 2002) it was a televised feature story on 60 Minutes. Imagine casually throwing up your car keys; imagine your surprise when they don’t fall back down but, instead, just keep rising. That was the analogy used in the program. Physicists were scratching their heads in bafflement. The New York Times on Jan 1, 2002, reported:


It’s definitely the strangest experimental finding since I’ve been in physics, –Dr. Edward Witten of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton


   The old standard Big Bang theory failed a key reality check and lost credibility. In a perfect world the 1998 experiments would have doomed the BB model.


If the facts do not agree with the consequences of the hypothesis, the latter is destroyed, and we must try some other hypothesis. –Bertrand Russell. [Russell, p72]


But no. Instead of being dispatched, the theory was promptly patched and rehabilitated while a host of big bang variants appeared —a literal inflation of models.

   While any non-committed rational observer might ask “is the acceleration even real?” or is it only apparent? as Overbye asked in his New York Times Jan 1, 2002, article. Those committed to the BB cause were less cautious. They had an agenda —a road that had to be faithfully followed.

   And so, in 1998 astronomers and physicists convinced themselves that the universe is accelerating —getting bigger and bigger, faster and faster. How exciting! But wait a minute. ... Now there is a new mystery! What’s driving this thing? Why is the universe accelerating? You can coast along on "expansion" but you need a force when you bring in "acceleration." No exception. ... Forget the minimal mystery of why the universe is expanding in the first place; now there is the utterly baffling mystery of why it is expanding with a vengeance!


In other ways this new dark [acceleration leads to dilution which leads to darkness] universe is utterly baffling, a road map to new mysteries. Dr. Marc Davis, a cosmologist at the University of California at Berkeley, called it ‘a universe chock full of exotics that don’t make sense to anybody.’ –Dennis Overbye [The New York Times July 23, 2002]


This road to new mysteries sounds like the same old wrong road we’ve been struggling along.

   A brief and much needed reality check: The Universe (the capitalized one, not the model one) does not expand. Perfectly valid principles —ones applicable to our 3-dimensional Euclidean cosmos— say it can’t. In science you simply cannot pick and choose fundamental principles irrespective of objective reality. Principles are valid not because they have been proven valid, but rather because they are reasonable and no one has been able to disprove them. All agree that the universe-is-everything principle is valid. Unless you can come up with a comprehensible answer to the question, What does the universe expand into? (and does not violate the all-inclusiveness idea) then face the reality that the Universe is already fully expanded —always has, always will be.

And More Mysteries

Other Mysteries: The above compilation is by no means complete. There are others, equally fascinating.

Mystery of the Photon’s Fate:  It is said that everything, including photons, will eventually fall into some black hole. It is also said that black holes gradually, very very slowly, evaporate. In this process of evaporation, black holes are simply emitting photons and are essentially transforming themselves entirely into electromagnetic radiation (packets of photons). So, what then is the ultimate fate of all the photons?

Olbers’ Paradox: True enough, Olbers’ Paradox has been resolved for the Expanding universe. However, since the real Universe is not expanding, it becomes necessary for this paradox to undergo a complete overhaul. Thanks, in large part, to the discovery of a new mechanism for the cosmic redshift this centuries-old-conundrum now has a new resolution.

The Mass Question: What is the simple mechanism that bestows the property of mass? With the well-publicized claimed discovery of the Higgs particle, itself a mass particle, the deeper mystery now is What bestows mass onto the Higgs particle?

Lastly, there is one mystery that sums-up most of what has preceded and underlies its thematic spirit. It is captured in a simple question and is posed in the 1999 book, Astronomy on Trial: A Devastating and Complete Repudiation of the Big Bang Fiasco. The question is:

“...why is it so easy to demonstrate that they [professional cosmologists] are on the wrong track?” –Roy C. Martin Jr. [Martin, p123]

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