The Big-Bang Theory - though widely accepted as a paradigm & elevated to the level of fact by many - IS a Big-Bust ; Big-Bamboozle ; Big-Bulls**t .
The Claim is that : The B.B. Theory Will be disproven within the next year (by 31.12.97).
So says the spirit of Harlow Shapley.
Ambiguity clause: I will judge this claim based on its precise wording, unless this wording conflicts with my perception of the intent of the claim. If both intent and wording are ambiguous, I will look for a solution that causes the least damage to FX as a market and game. If you have any questions, or think you may have found a loophole, please contact me!!
I interpret this claim to mean that the Big Bang theory will no longer be considered to be the best explanation for the origin of the universe. Before 31/12/97, significant new research will have to be published in a respectable scientific journal proposing a plausible alternative theory, or discrediting the Big Bang Theory. These new results will have to cause enough of a stir in the scientific community to make it shift away from the Big Bang model. In the case of a likely candidate, I may postpone judgement to allow time for a new scientific consensus to develop, but judgement will be no later than 1998/6/1.
This claim refers specifically to the "hot Big Bang model", which states that the Universe started a finite amount of time ago, from a state of infinite or near infinite density, temperature, and pressure.
Resources: Have a look at Rufus's Galaxy Web Page (http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/galaxy/) for the second most popular theory, the Steady State model. You may also want to check the website of the author's research group at http://www.polaris.net/~ksn.