Elea and After

  • C. U. M. Smith


Did the universe have a beginning and will it have an end? Or has it always been and will it always be more or less the same, perhaps changing in certain shifting localities but remaining, overall, unchanged? In other words, do we support the ‘big bang’ theory or the theory of continuous creation?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. U. M. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Aston in BirminghamUK

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