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Relics of the Big Bang

  • J. V. Narlikar
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 29)

Abstract

All Friedmann models have an epoch in the past when the scale factor S was zero. We refer to this epoch as the big bang epoch. To mathematicians, the big bang implies a breakdown of the concept of spacetime geometry, and they have come to recognize it as an inevitable feature of Einstein’s general relativity. It is a feature that prevents the physicist from investigating what happened at S = 0 or prior to it. To some physicists, this abrupt termination of the past signifies an incompleteness of the theory of relativity. To them, a more complete theory of the future may show a way of avoiding the catastrophic nature of the S = 0 epoch. A universe that has been expanding forever or that has been oscillating between maximum and minimum (but finite) values of S, might result from such a theory.

Keywords

Massive Neutrino Early Universe Baryon Number Monthly Notice Galaxy Formation 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. V. Narlikar
    • 1
  1. 1.Theoretical AstrophysicsTata Institute of Fundamental ResearchBombayIndia

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