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John Moffat (physicist)

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Indeed, there is a now a minority of cosmologists who question a beginning of the universe at all; instead they favor a cyclic model with a series of expansions and contractions.
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Chapter 16, The Eternal Universe, p. 213 (See also: Fred Hoyle)

 
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