On 2 Nov 2003 at 14:16, Ron McFarland wrote:
> Greetings list members. This is my joining post.
> Recent headlines indicate that there is empirical evidence now that
> our known universe is about 13 billion years old, it is essentially
> flat, and that space/time continues to be inflationary (we are in a
> continuing big bang state) after experiencing an initial expansion
> phase originating from a singular point -- followed a few billion
> years later by some sort of phase change that cause the universe to
> change from a slowing down expansion rate to a speeding up expansion
> rate. The properties of "dark energy" are postulated now to be the
> cause of continued and ever increasing in rate expansion of
> space/time, the continuing big bang state.

I see now, via the article at
Universe Has At Least 30 Billion Years Left
and which references the interesting article
The Big Rip
(dated some 8 months before my joining post) that this subject is
again back in the news. I wonder how my postulate will fare up
as this matter remains in debate and investigation!

Ron McFarland

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