Re: historical sciences (was: Evolution's Imperative)

Kevin O'Brien (
Wed, 24 Mar 1999 17:31:52 -0700

>What about another historical science: cosmology? Do you accept the
>evidence that the Big Bang happened, even though we can't repeat the
>"experiment"? (Note, of course, that we *can* repeat such experiments as
>measuring the frequency of the cosmic background radiation, just as we can
>repeat the experiment of digging up fossils.)

We can also repeat them in miniature using particle accelerators that slam
protons together at virtually the speed of light. The energy released in
such collisions reproduces conditions that existed at the very earliest
stages of the Big Bang.

Kevin L. O'Brien