LOL Scientist: Georges Lemaitre

with a little thingie over the ‘i’ … which I won’t attempt in Movabletype.


George Lemaitre was the priest and scientist who proposed the BIg Bang (though it was not called that then) theory. By the way, for those of you now interested in this discussion of removing the phrase “Darwinism” from our vocabulary, you may find it interesting that “The Big Bang” was originally a non-complementary term used to describe this theory, by its detractors.

Lemaitre prenumberated Hubble’s Law, and applied General Relativity to the Universe. He also did important theoretical work work with the atom.

Here’s a link to the Wikipedia piece.



  1. #1 Jérôme ^
    July 18, 2008

    Hey, that « little thingie » is actually my nickname, and I hereby confirm that those work well in ScienceBlogs 😉

    It is funny that the first rejection of the Big Bang was actually done because it was too theistic (its discovery by a priest is probably linked to this) and even a bit creationist-like. Now those who reject it (in Internet fora, at least; there might also be a handful serious guys, elsewhere) do it because it is not enough creationist.

  2. #2 Dan
    July 18, 2008

    Interesting photo. You might find this interview with Eric Lerner (The Big Bang Never Happened) confirms your thoughts and adds to them.

  3. #3 greg laden
    July 19, 2008

    I don’t have any thoughts about the big bang.