Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997 17:38:46 +0900 From: Daniel Long 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) -- Daniel Long, Associate Professor NEW tel +81-6-723-8297 Japanese Language Research Center NEW fax +81-6-723-8302 Osaka Shoin Women's College dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 4-2-26 Hishiyanishi Higashi-Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan 577