Space and Time pp 280-295 | Cite as

The Size and Geometry of the Universe

  • Richard Swinburne


IN Chapter 6 we considered what it meant to say of Space that it had a certain geometry, was finite or infinite and, if finite, had a certain volume. In Chapter 9 and in the last two chapters we have examined the amount of knowledge we can have about states of objects at other places and temporal instants and the degree of its reliability. We are now in a position to examine how we can reach a conclusion about the size and geometry of our Universe.


Physical Object Distant Region Finite Size Inertial Frame Null Geodesic 
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© Richard Swinburne 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Swinburne
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HullUK

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