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"TIRED LIGHT" THEORY REVIVED

The Expanding Universe Theory depends to a large degree upon the correctness of Hubble's Law; viz., the redshifts of distant objects are directly proportional to their distances from earth. Unfortunately for the Expanding Universe, some redshift measurements indicate a quadratic rather than linear relationship between redshift and distance. I.E. Segal's chronometric theory of the cosmos, however, does predict a quadratic relationship. In Segal's theory redshifts are due to the gravitational slowing of light rather than any gereral expansion of the universe.

Even if most astrophysicists are finally persuaded that the quadratic relationship is real, they will be loath to abandon the philosophically appealing Expanding Universe. Not only is the Expanding Universe consistent with Relativity but it states unequivocally that the earth (and man) does not occupy a preferred place in the universe.

(Hanes, David A.; "Is the Universe Expanding?" Nature, 289:745, 1981.)

Comment. A geocentric theory would intimate a supernatural force favoring humanity.

From Science Frontiers #15, Spring 1981. 1981-2000 William R. Corliss