Steady State theory

Fred Hoyle

Steady State theory

The Big Bang theory was not always as popular as it is today. In the 1940s Sir Fred Hoyle and others developed an alternative mathematical model of the Universe that did not start in a massive expansion.

They said that matter is continuously created at a rate that keeps the average density of the Universe the same as it expands. Though the Steady State theorists' ideas are largely discredited today, their research pushed the Big Bang supporters to back up their theory with evidence.

Interestingly, it was Hoyle who coined the term Big Bang in an attempt to put down the idea that the Universe had a beginning.

Image: Fred Hoyle in 1963

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Fred Hoyle


Fred Hoyle puts forward an alternative to the Big Bang.

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