Here’s a provocative take discrediting the Big Bang theory:

From hypothetical dark energy to spacetime-contorting black holes, the universe confounds astrophysicists trying to divine its origins. However widely accepted Big Bang theory may be — that the universe sprung into being 14 billion years ago — Brian Clegg shows in his Before the Big Bang that it is by no means the only credible explanation for the universe’s birth. Sifting through folkloric myths and science-fiction fantasies, Clegg explores the numerous creation theories that physicists and philosophers alike have put forth — and makes some daring conjectures of his own.

Despite the title, Clegg has his doubts about the Big Bang theory, claiming that it has the feel of being “held together with a band-aid.” As Clegg shows, the creators of the Big Bang theory spanned countries and generations, from Belgian priest and scientist Georges Lemaitre — who in 1927 initially proposed the idea of the universe expanding from an infinitesimally small speck of matter — to English astronomer Fred Hoyle, who coined the term “Big Bang” in 1949. Since then, several scientists have pitched in — whenever advancements in technology yielded data that conflicted with components of the existing theory, astrophysicists would scramble to revise accordingly. One spot that has yet to be fully reconciled is the issue of expansion. If the universe amassed its current size from a primeval super atom, then “the current rate of expansion,” Clegg notes, “would leave space much more wrinkled and bumpy than is actually the case.

Hmm. Well, larger scientific truisms than this have been proven false. Just ask Copernicus.