Cosmic inflation has its flaws, but so do its critics

By Tom Siegfried, 16:34 PM December 11, 2013

DALLAS — Back in the old days, like half a century ago, many astronomers and physicists thought they understood the universe, more or less. It looked pretty much the same everywhere, so it probably had looked that way forever. Sure, it was expanding, but that just meant that somewhere far away new matter was popping into existence, thereby maintaining the cosmos in a steady state, with just enough matter created to compensate for the expanding space.

This “steady state” theory originated in th...

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