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ISSUE 10 - December 2010

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The Big Bang — A Hot Issue in Science Communication (pages 07-11)
Martin Griffiths, Carlos Oliveira


The Big Bang theory is one of the cornerstones of modern cosmology, drawing on a wealth of observational, experimental and theoretical data to underpin one of the most successful theories science has constructed. Why then is it under attack in the public domain? This paper will examine the theory and look at the perceived public problems that arise when it is communicated by following the dominant model of communicating science. This paper then examines whether, in the public perception, replacing a more traditional faith-based worldview by the Big Bang theory results in a loss of purpose, philosophy and the replacement of ideals is responsible for the negative portrayals.

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