There is no”esoteric ideas about physcis” in Lerners ideas about the plasma focus.
They may be wrong but are not contradict any well tested part of the physics. Not at the same level as Blacklight Power how contradict the quantum physics.
The talk about the viral theorem as a stopper for plasmoids to exist is probably wrong. Plasmoid may be stabile for some time if there is a complex topology or strong Hall effect as in the plasma focus or in an atmospheric pressure as in the Electron power systems thoroids or the Plasmak.
The main theory in The Big Bang Never Happened is the ambi plasma theory by Hannes Alfvén. Lerners book pay tribute to Alfvén.
Alfven is on of the founders of the plasma physics. He received the Nobel Prize for the MHD theory.
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-b ... 9d73311457
http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi- ... ..89..313A
The galaxy formation theory by Alfven was further developed and simulated by Anthony Peratt.
http://www.worldnpa.org/php2/index.php? ... lay&id=646
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/pubs/ ... eratt.html
I think this theory suxx but there is some point to talk about the theory. From a friend made her phd about quasar hosting galaxies said to me that they thought magnetic field is important in galaxy formation but not use it in the models because the equations become to complex.
Alfvén also developed models for planet formation. Large part of this theory now is a part of the standard theory of planet formation. This includes the transfer of momentum from the proto sun to the planetary disc threw the magnet field of the sun.
Alfvén made plasma theories about the universe, the galaxies and the planets. About the planets he seems to be right but not in the other ones. Wrong theory is not necessary crackpot theory. That Alfvén, Peratt and Lerner have done is to take well known plasma phenomenon and bring them up from lab to cosmic scale threw well known scaling laws. Sometime it works, but more often not.