3) On the question about the "trashing" of Alfvén and his works, on the contrary, I think you are very generous in judging what has been written on him, and not only from the scientific point of view.
For, if it's indubitably true that his difficulties arose in pair with his refusal of the Big Bang (btw
, do you know some link were I may find some work of his regarding this "strong opposition" to BB?), it's a lot more indubitable that the wrong side was on they who marginalized him, so causing -I think- a greater loss to themselves and to scientific progress in cosmology.
This, apart the problem he faced when he was involved in a political issue (la politique politicienne
, as it's very well defined in French language), over which we do spread a veil, but without forgetting that it wasn't a negligible element in the struggle to get rid of his presence.