Re: Flat universe == Infinite Universe?

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sat Jun 03 2000 - 05:42:25 MDT


>The most common view by astronomers and physicists is that if the Universe
>is flat, it will keep on expanding forever. Eventually, life will go
>because there will never be any new star formation after a long while, and
>the energy sources that remain will decay into lower and lower levels.
>Typically this is called the "cold death" viewpoint. Flatness and expansion
>is not the traditional Steady State Universe, where life may continue
>forever. Nor is it the Heat Death of a rebounding Universe, which also
>bring annihilation.

I thought what you describe as "cold death" was actually referred to as
"heat death" (i.e., where entropy reaches max and everything become a
uniform temp). And that what you describe as "heat death" was just called
the "Big Crunch". Did they switch terminology when I wasn't looking, or did
I just have it wrong?


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