Rob Knop thinks that the Big Bang is a bad name for a good theory. Read this post on his weblog for more. If astronomers ever do decide to drop the name Big Bang, I hope they return to Lemaitre’s original name for the concept: the primordial atom. It has a 20s-science-fiction/evil-scientist sound to it. You can just imagine Bela Lugosi saying, “The fools. They laughed at me, but they’ll laugh no more once I have harnessed the power of the primordial atom”.