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Can a closed universe expand forever?

by Crazy4Physics
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Crazy4Physics
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Nov10-13, 02:58 PM
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Most say that a closed universe would collapse. Recent observations show that the universe will probably keep on expanding forever. Does this mean we cannot live in a closed universe? Or, is there a loop hole which allows a closed universe to expand forever?
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mathman
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Nov10-13, 03:25 PM
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It depends on the geometry of the universe. 2-d analog: blow up a balloon and the surface can expand forever (unless it breaks).


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