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Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz

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Re: closed universe, flat space?
Posted: Apr 24, 2013 9:39 AM
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In <MPG.2be10223655ef8e343@news.eternal-september.org>, on 04/23/2013
at 09:40 PM, Poutnik <poutnik@privacy.invalid> said:

>RichD posted Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:23:30 -0700 (PDT)


>>
>> Supposedly, our universe is closed and finite, although the
>> geometry and topology isn't precisely known. This means
>> a straight line (geodesic) traveler must return to his starting
>> poiint, yes/no? Hence, curved space.
>>
>> At the same time, astronomers claim, that space is flat, to
>> the precision of their measurements. Usually, this is
>> accompanied by the comment that the universe is balanced
>> between infinite expansion, or eventual collapse, we can't
>> tell which.
>>
>> So, space is closed, but also flat... back in my day, they
>> had something called a logical contradiction, which was
>> considered a bad thing, but I guess times change...
>> viva progress -


>The question is - Is supposed value of expected curvature of space
>statistically significant wrt error of measured flatness ?


No, the questions are why the OP is making a false claim and and why
the OP is falsely claiming a logical contradiction.

"Supposedly, our universe is closed and finite" is untrue; what is
true is that GR allows for the possibility and that a sufficiently
latge density of matter would require it. The observed density isn't
large enough.

What is worse is that there is no logical contradiction between a
closed universe and a flat universe.

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Koobee Wublee
4/24/13
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Brian Q. Hutchings
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Koobee Wublee
4/25/13
Read closed universe, flat space, ignore Minkowski's worse nD geometry;
thank you
Brian Q. Hutchings
4/26/13
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geometry; thank you
Brian Q. Hutchings
4/27/13
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vector mechanics -- like a God-am clock
Brian Q. Hutchings
4/27/13
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Koobee Wublee
4/30/13
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Brian Q. Hutchings
4/30/13
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Brian Q. Hutchings
5/1/13
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Brian Q. Hutchings
5/1/13
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5/5/13
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