Steady State Hypothesis

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The steady state hypothesis or model of origins popularized by Fred Hoyle proposes that somewhere in space, hydrogen atoms must be constantly in the process of being generated spontaneously. This continuous input of new materials is said to offset the running-down principle known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Thus, it is proposed that the universe is held in a steady state. Today many textbooks combine parts of this theory with parts of the Big Bang model in presenting a theory of origins.


Harold Slusher, a professor of physics, says there is not a shred of evidence for the steady state hypothesis. It is pure imagination and not science. It is not even a good theory, for it violates fundamentals law of physics called the Laws of Thermodynamics. The First Law of Thermodynamics says that energy and matter may change forms but are not now being either created or destroyed. The Second Law says that everything is running down and becoming more disorganized. Slusher says that when Hoyle talks about something he's never seen and can't prove or demonstrate or even provide evidence to support, he's not describing science; he's describing his personal faith.[1]


  1. Lorella Rouster, M.R.E., The Origin of All Things, GH &SST, June 1979, p.9