OSU Radiologist Buys Ad In New York Times To Publicize Theory
March 19, 2002 at 6:24 PM EST - Updated June 29 at 8:01 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio State University radiologist said no one in the scientific community would listen to his theory on the composition of the sun, so he bought a full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times.
Pierre-Marie Robitaille said he paid for the ad, estimated to cost more than $100,000, with personal funds. He used the space to publish his essay, "The Collapse of the Big Bang and the Gaseous Sun."
Robitaille said on Monday the advertisement was necessary to get his views known.
"Some people are just more serious about their science than others," said Robitaille, who teaches at the university.
"If I choose this avenue," he said in the ad, "it is because I am at a loss in dealing with the scientific publication of this material. The ideas are both too simple and unexpected to stand any chance of publication in the peer-reviewed physics literature."
Robitaille argues that the sun is composed of super-heated liquid rather than gas.
This throws into question satellite measurements of the temperature of the universe, which he says "is the central proof of the Big Bang" theory on the creation of the universe.
An Ohio State astrophysicist who specialized in solar structure says Robitaille's proposals run contrary to accepted scientific knowledge.
"This is way out in left field," Marc Pinsonneault, a specialist on the structure and evolution of the sun, told The Columbus Dispatch for a story in Tuesday's editions.
"What he is proposing violates every observable measure we can make about the sun," Pinsonneault said.
Pinsonneault said that if the sun were liquid throughout with a constant temperature, it would collapse upon itself in about 30 minutes.
Ohio State Astronomy Chairman Patrick Osmer said that, to his knowledge, Robitaille never discussed his ideas with anybody in his department.
"There are research questions, of course, about the nature of the Big Bang and how the solar corona is produced," Osmer said. "But this article shows an incomplete knowledge of physics and astrophysics."
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