publication . Preprint . Article . 1999

Geometry and Destiny

Lawrence M. Krauss; Michael S. Turner;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 1999
Abstract
The recognition that the cosmological constant may be non-zero forces us to re-evaluate standard notions about the connection between geometry and the fate of our Universe. An open Universe can recollapse, and a closed Universe can expand forever. As a corollary, we point out that there is no set of cosmological observations we can perform that will unambiguously allow us to determine what the ultimate destiny of the Universe will be.
Subjects
arXiv: Computer Science::Databases
free text keywords: Astrophysics, General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous), Physics, Particle horizon, Classical mechanics, Big Rip, Shape of the universe, De Sitter universe, Perfect Cosmological Principle, Flatness problem, Metric expansion of space, Ekpyrotic universe, Theoretical physics, Geometry

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publication . Preprint . Article . 1999

Geometry and Destiny

Lawrence M. Krauss; Michael S. Turner;