On Thursday, July 26, 2001 5:43 AM Damien Broderick
> >IMHO, the universe is infinite in space and time.
> >Hubble was right, the redshifts he observed were due to some other factor
> than recessional velocity.
> It's hard to make both those claims at once. Why? Olber's Paradox.
Several possible solutions exist for an infinite universe (in space and
time) to coexist with Olber's Paradox. One mentioned many years ago (early
1990s) in _Nature_ was for the distribution of mass in the universe to be
Eric J. Lerner's model of cosmology -- a universe both infinite in space and
time -- as given in his _The big Bang Never Happened_ would seem to also
deal with the problem by having the known universe having actually gone
through a local collapse and expansion. This is sort of like the solar
system being created through a local collapse without having the rest of the
galaxy (or universe) formed then.
I'm not saying I buy into either of these...
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