ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The results of my study and thinking about cosmology and astronomy would not have been possible without the feedback and assistance of numerous people who took the time to help me. Thank you to all of you.

I would specifically like to acknowledge Professor Bruce Liley from Waikato University who was my mentor for a few years until he passed away in 2001. Professor Phil Yock helped me for a time after this for which I am grateful. I would also like to thank Professor Emeritus Ken Mackay from Hamilton who lead the U3A astronomy group for the last 10 years. I learned a great deal from these sessions and gained much from bouncing ideas around with my fellow armchair scientists in the group.

I would like to thank Professor David Spergel from Princeton University USA and Professor Neil Turok from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Physical Science at Cambridge University in the UK, both who kindly took the time to dialogue with me when I visited them in 2008. Professor Paul Steinhardt whom I missed seeing in Princeton but corresponded afterwards and I was grateful for the time he gave.

I would also like to thank Professor Paul Callahan of Victoria University who corresponded helpfully over the material on this website.

Finally and most importantly, I would like to thank my wife of many years, Jenefer who gave me moral support and gracefully put up with my preoccupation with astronomy and through endless drafts of papers on problems with the Big Bang Theory and my theories about the Infinite Non-Expanding Universe.

Geoffrey Wynne-Jones