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New Book Debunks Prevailing Thoughts of How Universe Began

An amateur astronomer with more than 65 years of experience studying the stars sets out to debunk the prevailing view of the universe and its origins in a Big Bang. He details his evidence in a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Dallas, TX, September 16, 2015 --( In the early part of this century, Edwin Hubble made a discovery that would change modern astronomy and prevailing thought on how the universe began – in a giant explosion known as the Big Bang more than 13 billion years ago. Author Jerrold Thacker, an amateur astronomer, proposes an alternate explanation for the origin’s beginnings, based on Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. He shares his views in a compelling new book.

In the late 1920s, Hubble discovered that light from distant galaxies shifts toward the red end of the spectrum, known as redshift. Hubble’s law and the Doppler effect, observed in nearby stars, suggested that stars moving away shift toward red, and the faster the stars move away, the greater the shift. This implied the universe must be expanding and pointed to a massive explosion as to the universe’s origin – the Big Bang. The second theory, favored by few, was called the “tired light effect,” a theory that as light passed billions of miles from an object, gravitational fields would slow it, reducing its velocity and energy and causing a redshift when observed on Earth.

In “The Path Less Traveled: How the Universe Looks without the Big Bang,” Thacker explores mysteries of the universe that remain to this day: massive black holes, deflection of starlight, star clusters, quasars, missing matter and pulsar puzzles. He takes a new look at gravity and the role it plays, and more deeply explains Einstein’s predictions and their role in explaining all phenomenon modern astronomers have hypothesized – without a Big Bang. Instead, Thacker proposes, the discovery of Irwin Shapiro that gravity reduces the velocity of light explains the tired light effect, challenging tightly held prevailing beliefs.

Dog Ear Publishing reviews this intriguing book, which offers new ways of thinking about one of man’s greatest mysteries – the origins of the universe itself.

Author Jerrold Thacker, a passionate amateur astronomer for more than six decades, presents his findings – many of which differ from conventional thinking by professional astronomers – on the site He has worked as a systems analyst, principal engineer for command and control systems for the U.S. military, developed software and served as a software QA consultant for tech companies. Thacker, who majored in mathematics and statistics at the University of Minnesota Graduate School, has written two other astronomy books, “The Deceptive Universe” and “Reinventing the Universe,” and a book on sailing, “Bumbling through Paradise.” He has four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and his wife live in Dallas.

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The Path Less Traveled: How the Universe Looks without the Big Bang
Jerrold Thacker
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-3949-7 260 pages $15.95 US

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