9781556432682

Dark Matter, Missing Planets and New Comets

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1999-01-08
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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Summary

Tom Van Flandern's book adds a new dimension to cosmology--not only does it present a novel approach to timeless issues, it stands up to the closest scientific scrutiny. Even the most respected scientists today will readily admit that the Big Bang Theory is full of holes. But it takes a new look, likeDark Matter, Missing Planets, and New Comets, to explain not only why the theory is wrong but what to substitute in its place. If you are curious about such things as the nature of matter and the origin of the solar system, but feel inadequately equipped to grasp what modern science has to say about such things, read this book. You will not get the all too common condescending attempt to water down the 'mysteries' of modern science into a form intelligible to little non scientist you, but rather a straightforward new theory, logically derived in front of your eyes, which challenges the roots of many of today's complex accepted paradigms, yet whose essence is simple enough to be thoroughly communicated to the intelligent layman without "losing it in the translation."

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Introduction xxvii
Prologue xxxv
On the Nature of Space, Time, and Matter
1(26)
Questions and Definitions
2(1)
The One-Particle Universe
3(2)
The Two-Particle Universe
5(2)
Zeno's Paradox
7(5)
Zeno-like Paradox for Matter
12(2)
Meaning of Space, Time, and Matter
14(6)
The Many-Particle Universe
20(3)
Implications
23(4)
On Gravity
27(32)
The Properties of Gravitation
28(2)
Action at a Distance
30(2)
The Agents of Gravity
32(4)
Objections to Agents of Gravity
36(2)
Matter Ingredients and the Light-Carrying Medium
38(3)
The Behavior of Media in General
41(2)
The ``Instantaneous'' Action of Gravity
43(10)
New Properties of Gravitation
53(6)
On Relativity
59(20)
The Nature of Waves
60(2)
The Three Tests of General Relativity
62(5)
Special Relativity and the Twin Paradox
67(5)
The Sound Analogy
72(3)
Meta Clocks and Meta Time
75(4)
Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
79(38)
The Limited Range of Gravity
80(6)
The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe
86(5)
Comparison with the Big Bang Theory
91(9)
The Cosmic Microwave Radiation
100(4)
The Effect of Gravitational Lenses on a Background
104(4)
Quasars
108(7)
Conclusions
115(2)
On the Composition of Substance
117(16)
Generalizations about Quantum Mechanics
118(2)
Particle-Wave Duality
120(1)
The Meta Model in the Quantum World
121(3)
The Bell Inequality
124(4)
The Forces of Nature
128(5)
Orbits
133(22)
The Importance of Motion
134(3)
Spheres of Influence
137(4)
General Capture and Escape
141(3)
Changing the Sphere of Influence
144(1)
Gravitational Screen Capture
145(2)
Accretion Capture
147(1)
Tides
148(7)
Do Planets Explode?
155(12)
Three Million Years of Solar System History
155(3)
Consequences of a Planetary Explosion
158(5)
The Cause and Timing of the Explosion
163(4)
The Discovery of Minor Satellites
167(12)
The Discovery of Minor Satellites
167(4)
Theoretical Considerations
171(3)
Discovery Credits
174(2)
First Asteroid Images: Satellite Analysis
176(3)
Where Do Comets Come From?
179(14)
A Scale Model of the Oort Cloud
179(3)
Theories of Cometary Origins
182(3)
The Planetary Breakup as the Origin of Comets
185(5)
Summary and Predictions
190(3)
Do Comets Have Satellites?
193(22)
Previous and Current Comet Models
193(2)
Similarities Between Minor Planets and Comets
195(1)
The Satellite Model for Comets
196(1)
The Sphere-of-Influence Concept
197(3)
Comet Coma Problems
200(1)
Comet Brightness Anomalies
200(1)
The Mysteries of Split Comets
201(4)
The Split Distance-Velocity Relationship
205(1)
Physical Properties of Comets
205(3)
The Meteor Hazard
208(3)
Conclusions
211(4)
A Synthesis of Recent Planetary Breakup Evidence
215(22)
Sunspots and Eclipses
237(14)
Sunspots
237(4)
Lunar Eclipses
241(3)
Solar Eclipses
244(7)
Mercury and Venus
251(10)
Similarities Between Mercury-Venus and Earth-Moon
252(2)
Formation and Evolution as a Moon
254(3)
Post-Escape Evolution
257(4)
The Origin of the Moon
261(10)
Four Theories of Lunar Origin
261(3)
Lunar Origin from Mars-Sized Impactor Planet
264(1)
The Theory of Lunar Origin by Fission
265(6)
Mars and Saturn
271(20)
The Origin of the Martian Moons
271(6)
The Origin of Mars
277(2)
The Origin of Saturn's Rings
279(2)
Iapetus and the Black Axiom
281(5)
The Black Axiom in the Outer Solar System
286(5)
Jupiter and Uranus
291(10)
The Capture of Jupiter's Asteroidal Moons
291(2)
The Nature of Jupiter's Great Red Spot
293(5)
Uranus
298(3)
Neptune and Pluto
301(14)
Could Triton Have Been Captured by Neptune?
302(3)
Competing Theories for the Origin of Pluto
305(2)
The Disrupted Satellites of Neptune
307(3)
Implications for Neptune, Pluto, and Planet X
310(5)
Planet X
315(12)
History of the Planet X Search
316(2)
The Discovery of Charon
318(3)
New Predictions of Planet X
321(6)
The Origins of the Solar System and of Man
327(20)
How Stars and Planets Get Started
328(1)
How a Solar System Gets Started
329(3)
A View of the Original Solar System
332(5)
The Idea of Extraterrestrial Intervention
337(3)
A Speculation about the Origins of Man
340(2)
Pyramids on Mars?
342(5)
The Scientific Method
347(22)
Introduction
348(1)
About Truth and Reality
348(2)
Forming Hypotheses
350(1)
Occam's Razor
351(3)
Extraordinary Hypotheses
354(2)
The Unscientific Method
356(6)
Forward Thinking
362(7)
Peer Pressure and Paradigms
369(18)
A Note about Scientific Peer Pressure
369(3)
Paradigm Change
372(2)
The Value of Extraordinary Hypotheses
374(2)
Catastrophe Theory
376(2)
Scientific Arrogance
378(2)
The Intrinsic Value of Deductive Theories
380(7)
Did the Universe Have a Beginning?
387(16)
Introduction
387(3)
What Does Expansion Mean?
390(1)
Does the Universe Really Expand?
391(6)
Conclusions
397(1)
What Else Can Cause Redshift?
398(5)
A Revision of the Exploded Planet Hypothesis
403(14)
The Problem
404(2)
A Revision of the Hypothesis
406(3)
Details of the Revised Hypothesis
409(8)
New Evidence for Artificiality at Cydonia on Mars
417(26)
Description of Cydonia
390(30)
Summary of the Exploded Planet Hypothesis (eph)
420(5)
Connection of the Exploded Planet Hypothesis to Mars
425(8)
Connection of the Exploded Planet Hypothesis and Pole Shift to Cydonia
433(7)
Conclusions
440(1)
Acknowledgments
441(2)
A Revision of the Original Solar System
443(14)
Introduction
444(1)
The Fission Theory for the Origin of Planets and Moons
445(2)
Satellite Formation
447(1)
Application to Planet Formation
448(6)
Application to Satellite Formation
454(1)
Conclusion
455(2)
Epilogue 457(2)
Postscript 459(10)
Glossary 469(18)
Bibliography 487(16)
Name Index 503(4)
Subject Index 507

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