April 02, 2008

From Don L. Jewett:

Re: Dark energy, or just dust? Findings raise questions (March 1): In 1988, Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe reported that metallic whiskers formed in a vacuum up to only a certain length, and then the random accumulation onto the whisker equaled the random loss, so an equilibrium length was achieved. This was based upon laboratory data. They were able to calculate the amount of such whiskers in interstellar space, based upon how they would escape from galaxies. The paper was reprinted: Astrophys. Space Sci. 268:77-88, 1999. The consequence for Cosmology was that the length of the whisker was just right to absorb starlight and re-radiate it at the wavelength of the “Cosmic Background Radiation”! Not only that, but the integrated energy of starlight predicts the CBR temperature to 3 significant figures-- better than any other theory.

So there are many “cracks” in the Big Bang Theory of Cosmology. It is certainly time to consider other paradigms. You might want to ask Prof. Wickramasinghe to give you a comment to publish in your newsletter.

He also has done significant work that could be the subject of another article on interstellar dust.

Dr. Don L. Jewett
Research Director
Abratech Corp.
Emeritus Prof.
Univ. of CA, San Francisco


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