Genesis of the Cosmos (Book)

Price: $24.00
by Dr. Paul A. LaViolette

Bear & Company, Rochester, VT, 2004 Softcover
ISBN 1-59143-034-8

Update of the 1995 hardcover edition: Beyond the Big Bang: Ancient Myth and the Science of Continuous Creation
Park Street Press, 1995
ISBN: 0-89281-457-8

Genesis of the Cosmos:
The Ancient Science of Continuous Creation

  • Provides compelling evidence that creation myths from the dawn of civilization correspond to cutting edge astronomical discoveries.
  • Exposes the contradictions in the Big Bang theory and offers a scientific basis for the ancient myths and esoteric lore that encode a theory of continuous creation.

Recent developments in theoretical physics, including systems theory are challenging long-held mechanistic views of the universe. Many thinkers have speculated that the remnants of an ancient science survive today in mythology and esoteric lore, but until now the scientific basis for this belief has remained cloaked in mystery. Paul LaViolette reveals the astonishing parallels between the cutting edge of scientific thought and creation myths from the dawn of civilization. With a scientific sophistication rare among mythologists, LaViolette deciphers the forgotten cosmology of ancient lore in a groundbreaking scientific tour de force. In direct, nontechnical language, he shows how these myths encode a theory of cosmology in which matter is continually growing from seeds of order that emerge spontaneously from the surrounding subquantum chaos.

Exposing the contradictions that bedevil the Big Bang theory, LaViolette offers both the specialist and the general reader a controversial and highly stimulating critique of prevailing misconceptions about the seldom-questioned superiority of modern science over ancient cosmology.  Genesis of the Cosmos is engagingly written and spiced with more than 140 thought-provoking diagrams and illustrations. It demonstrates how ancient mythology describes a coherent science that encompasses and exceeds our present-day understanding. By restoring and reanimating this ancient scientific worldview, Genesis of the Cosmos leads us beyond the restrictive metaphors of modern science and into a new science for the 21st century.

Paul A. LaViolette, Ph.D., holds degrees in physics and systems science and has conducted original research in general systems theory, theoretical physics, astronomy, geology, climatology, and cosmology. He lectures internationally and his work has been published in numerous professional journals.


Acclaim for Genesis of the Cosmos
(formerly entitled Beyond the Big Bang)


One of the boldest and most exciting hypotheses of cosmology to be put forward in this century. Deserves to be read, reread, reviewed, and researched.

Ervin Laszlo
Editor of World Futures, science advisor to UNESCO, former director of UNITAR, and author of The Creative Cosmos, and Introduction to Systems Philosophy

A remarkably innovative and creative work, from one of our most brilliant and original thinkers, Genesis of the Cosmos reads on many levels at once to both delight, inform, and surely challenge us. I read the manuscript twice, am richer for it, and shall surely read it again.

Joseph Chilton Pearce
Author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg and Evolution’s End
News and Events from the Seattle Metaphysical Library

This work is scholarly and thought-provoking. A powerful challenge to the traditional twentieth century model. He is quite convincing in showing evidence for his interpretations. The author presents fascinating reading.

Armando Canales
The Critical Review

By examining closely the creation myths of the ancient East and Mediterranean, the author sees many remarkable parallels with new physics discoveries. In fact, the ancient stories seem to be an almost coded language of science, and that a theory of cosmology emerges from these stories of order out of chaos.

Marie Jones
Curled up with a Good Book
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Excerpts taken from a nine page August 2007 review by Ray Lynch in DharmaCafé magazine:

In Part 1 of his book, LaViolette lays out his theory of subquantum kinetics. Using precisely the kinds of rhetorical devices -namely, imagery, metaphor, decree, and supposition-that are employed in almost all standard scientific models of “physical reality” (whatever that is), he offers us an open systems theory of continuous creation rooted in organic processes of self-organization…
All creation schemes, scientific or otherwise, are unavoidably metaphorical. LaViolette’s metaphors, however, have two virtues: (1) they are more-or-less coherent; and, (2) given the suggested correlations, they seem to conform well with some of our important ancient creation narratives…
The second part of “Genesis of the Cosmos” is, among other things, a fascinating and very specific mapping of various mythological characters onto LaViolette’s scientific “continuous creation” theory of microphysics. . . LaViolette’s basic creation context of “order emerging out of chaos” fits the mythological narratives which he examines quite well, as does his identification of Zeus/Marduk/Horus as the victorious hero of the new world order…
LaViolette, in fact, displays a capacity to think clearly in both a scientific sense and a metaphysical sense. While we would expect a scientist as competent as he to do the science with aplomb, it is uncommon to find this coupled with metaphysical sensibilities. His study of ancient mythology and cosmology has served him well. It is encouraging to see the coherence of ancient thought concerning origins taken seriously by a contemporary scientist, especially when these principles are then incorporated into a serious and full-blown theory…
In Part 3 LaViolette presents a comprehensive refutation of twentieth century cosmology, an enjoyable romp into deeply heretical territory. I was surprised by the scope of his criticisms, but his views cannot be casually dismissed, for he has obviously done his homework and knows the territory. LaViolette is a Ph.D. with degrees in physics and systems science, and is also a well known and respected researcher who began formulating his unique cosmological theories over 30 years ago. “Genesis of the Cosmos” throws out more sacred cows per page than any physics book that I’ve ever actually finished reading:…
LaViolette’s approach is fascinating because it involves a bias or context (the microcosm) which is unique and which I had never seen or considered before. The scientific/mythological correlations are impressive because, with few exceptions, they make sense…
Few of us are in a position to evaluate scientific theories or mythological interpretations, but all of us suffer the consequences of our most fundamental beliefs and assumptions-those deeply-rooted, core metaphors which are so familiar and broadly supported that they have become unquestioned, unexamined, and finally unconscious. Whether or not we agree with their conclusions, books that challenge these presuppositions are valuable assets because they force that which was covert to become overt. Aside from Hamlet’s Mill, several others come to mind in this regard: “Science and the Akashic Field” (by Ervin Laszlo) and “Cataclysm!” (by D.S. Allan and J.B. Delair). Any book which questions the unquestioned in an intelligent and comprehensive manner deserves an audience.
“Genesis of the Cosmos is one of those books.”

Ray Lynch
Renown musician and composer, Sky of Mind, Deep Breakfast

Table of Contents for Genesis of the Cosmos


Chapter 1 – A Lost Science Rediscovered

Chapter 2 – Process and Order

Chapter 3 – The New Alchemy

Chapter 4 – The Transmuting Ether

Chapter 5 – Cosmogenesis


Chapter 6 – The Egyptian Creation Myths

Chapter 7 – The Egyptian Mysteries

Chapter 8 – The Tarot: A Key to the Ancient Metaphysics

Chapter 9 – The Thermodynamics of Astrology

Chapter 10 – Subatomic Atlantis

Chapter 11 – Myths from the Ancient East and Mediterranean


Chapter 12 – Ether or Vacuum?

Chapter 13 – The Twentieth Century Creation Mythos

Chapter 14 – Smashing the Crystalline Sphere

Chapter 15 – Energy in the Universe

Chapter 16 – Back to the Future





Also see the book New Story, New God by Dennis Pakula which explores the spiritual aspects of the subquantum kinetics paradigm.