. . . read, or at least browse, Donald E. Scott's The Electric Sky.
Scott holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and for 39 years taught that subject at a major American university.
He says electrical engineers don't need the religion-like cosmology we know as Big Bang cosmology to explain the universe. He says electrical engineers don't have to devise unprovable hypotheses to fill the Big Bang's many gaps.
In his Chapter 18, titled Lowering the Drawbridge, Scott says astronomers "retreated into a fortress-like mentality, pulling up the drawbridge behind them" and describes the dependence of Big Bang cosmology on taxpayer support.
During several years in environmental politics I dealt with a similar fortress-like mentality in the heads of people who wanted to remedy a man-made water problem by building dams paid for by taxpayers.
Those dambuilders, their employment depending on continued taxpayer support, fought hard, loud and long.
Be prepared for Big Bang cosmologists to do the same.
Revisiting A Heavily Taxpayer-Subsidized Piece of Nonsense....
The world's costliest piece of scientific hardware, Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), was recently and very publicly advertised as having found the Higgs boson. Subsequent analysis found that it had failed. (If the Bangers had succeeded in the US Congress, America's taxpayers would have subsidized a "Super Conducting Super Collider" in Texas.)
Previously the LIGO study was publicly advertised as having found gravitational waves.Subsequent analysis found that it had failed.
Previously to LIGO, the BICEP2 study was publicly advertised as having found primordial (the oldest possible) gravitational waves. Subsequent analysis found that it had failed.
All that in under five years.
Banger-woo started almost ninety years ago. American taxpayers' subsidies for it started more than half a century ago; none of it has ever been supported by empirical evidence.
(Ok, the name 'big bang' originated in the late 1940s; the woo had begun twenty years earlier.)