Evidence: Open vs. Closed Universe

Twink (neptune@mars.superlink.net)
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 06:16:06 -0500 (EST)

At 06:41 PM 11/24/97 +1100, Bradley Graham Weslake <bgw03@uow.edu.au>
>While I agree that current observations tend to suggest an open universe,


>I disagree that this is any less intuitively pleasing than a closed universe,


>and that this is why cosmologists search for missing mass.

I would qualify that with "..._some or most_ cosmologists..."

>There are a
>multitude of other observed phenomena which align well with the theory of a
>closed universe, as well as theoretical reasons for believing that such a
>case is probable.

OK, let's go over these -- knowing full well most of us -- including me --
are not
experts.:) Doesn't this contradict your initial statement?

>An open universe is just as intuitively pleasing - if only
>to suggest that our notion of time is in some way accurate - that it does in
>fact have some degree of linearity.

On that last point, yes.

Daniel Ust