In with a Bang

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I was surprised to read that Paul Jakubovic (Letters, June SR) considers the 'Big Bang' theory of the origin of the universe to be idealist and regressive.

There is overwhelming evidence for this theory, which was predicated on Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.

Observations by Edwin Hubble in 1929 showed that the galaxies are receding away from each other, and the discovery of the relics of background radiation in 1965 suggested that the expansion of the universe began at a finite time (about 13 billion years ago) in the past from a state of infinite density and temperature.

Surely Marx would have supported the Big Bang theory of the universe, as he did Darwin's materialist theory of evolution. What 'superior alternative' theory of the origin of the universe would Paul Jakubovic propose?

Dave Taylor