similar example comes from the early development of GR. Initially Einstein actually changed the
field equations to allow for a universe that did not change in time by adding
to it the famous cosmological constant Λ, but withdrew it after Hubbles
discovery of the expansion of the universe, calling it his "greatest blunder".
Misner, Kip S. Thorne and John Archibald Wheeler, Gravitation, 409-11.
I think it is another illuminating example of the way philosophical and
theological concepts can influence the development of scientific theories. See Robert John Russell, "Did God
Create Our Universe? Theological Reflections on Big Bang, Inflation and Quantum
Cosmologies," in Cosmic Questions Conference Proceedings, ed. Jim Miller (American Association for the
Advancement of Science, to be published, 1999).
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