Earlier this year the Bogdanov brothers published Le Visage de Dieu, yet another book dealing with their ideas about the big-bang and pre-big-bang physics. This follows their earlier Avant le Big Bang, and L’équation Bogdanov : Le secret de l’origine de l’Univers? a book that they somehow got Lubos Motl to take credit for. I haven’t seen the new book, but it seems that it takes off from George Smoot’s comment that looking at the CMB was like “seeing the face of God.” Somehow the brothers have managed to get well-known cosmologists Robert Wilson, Jim Peebles and John Mather to contribute pieces to the book.
In other Bogdanov news, I hear from a Paris correspondent that an interesting document has recently come to light, a report commissioned by the CNRS after the Bogdanov Affair made headlines back in 2002. For press coverage of this, see here, here, here. The CNRS critique, from November 2003 is detailed, harsh and devastating. For instance, about Igor Bogdanov’s thesis (which ended up being published in multiple copies in several respectable journals, including the highly thought of Classical and Quantum Gravity), the conclusion is “la valeur de ce travail est nulle”, this work is of no value.
Update: For another informative article about the Bogdanovs, from this summer, see here.