Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997 17:38:46 +0900

From: Daniel Long dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]X.AGE.OR.JP

Subject: Big Bang

In the OED, the first citation for Big Bang is this one. If this is the

actual coinage of the word, it looks like a very uneventful one. Anyone

have any ideas? (This is the kinda thing that keep a certain New Yorker

up all night thumbing through obscure physics journals!)

1950 F. Hoyle Nature of Universe v. 102 One [idea] was that the Universe

started its life a finite time ago in a single huge explosion... This

*big bang idea seemed to me to be unsatisfactory.

Danny Long (who used to hang out a crowded disco in Kyoto called the Big

Bang way back in the eighties)


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