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The biggest obstacle of science is knowing before we know 
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Apr808, 08:41 PM

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The Standard Model, The Big Bang, The Law of Gravity, a finite but expanding universe... all scientific theories widely accepted.. leading to string theory, etc... but how often must new discoveries twist and turn us to different and sometimes opposite directions in the field of science? Please refer to my subject title again at your convenience.
When mathematics is used to prove physical theories, I see a fundamental flaw that is overlooked in our eagerness to "know", that is that equations will always result in a finite # thus we have a finite universe, in such, math is not capable of defining reality and leaves out possibilities, of an infinite universe that isn't expanding (but looks to be expanding from our little perspective here on planet earth) but may be just moving outwards from us in all direction, as what would be possible in an infinite large universe.. as if space and time (the concept) can somehow have a boundary.. it is our minds that have the boundry. If the universe is expanding then what is it expanding into, nothing? Dark Energy is exponentially pushing the universe outwards, but we don't even know what dark energy is, its just a term to explain something that we don't know but everyone is eager to jump on because it has a nicely packaged name. Its heretical of science to assume something before it knows.. but this seems to be the case many times over, even though our observations add up to neat explanations that work but there is always something missing.. an infinite # of unknown possibilities will cause this as there must be this scenario when we do not have the total picture... but we never will.. why should an infinite universe in space and time with no origin ever be ruled out? Where does logic begin to escape us? How can there be multiple universes for one, the universe is a word used to describe something and in this case, the word describes the totality of all things known or postulated, so to believe in multiple universes means we don't even have words that are standardly used in science let alone urbandictionary.com When words don't mean what they mean anything can mean anything so what the heck am I talking about, right? 


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On the claim that math always results in a finite # I was referring to qty not decimal places... as in no equation can result in infinity, as infinity isn't even a number. I understand Expanding Universe is a technical definition and yes I know wha tthey are saying, that the universe is continually expanding outwards since the Big Bang. My point of the last comment is that the term universe is a misused term in science, there can only be one universe... Its seem to be referred to often as the universe that we can observe only. 


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Main Entry: 1ram·ble Listen to the pronunciation of 1ramble Pronunciation: \ˈrambəl\ Function: verb Inflected Form(s): ram·bled; ram·bling Listen to the pronunciation of rambling \b(ə)liŋ\ Etymology: Middle English, probably alteration of romblen, frequentative of romen to roam Date: 15th century intransitive verb1 a: to move aimlessly from place to place b: to explore idly2: to talk or write in a desultory or longwinded wandering fashion3: to grow or extend irregularly No  actually it has nothing to do with coherency.. after all, you already engaged the original post and hopefully we can further our discussion, but that would be only if you choose to. 


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. Extended natural numbers . Projective real numbers . Extended real numbers . Projective complex numbers . Ordinal numbers . Cardinal numbers . Hyperreal numbers Furthermore, there are commonly used non"numeric" contexts where the infinite is relevant, and could appear in (non"numeric") equations. e.g. . Any (Euclidean) projective line has a point at infinity . Any (Euclidean) projective plane has a projective line at infinity . Any Elliptic curve in Weierstrass form has a point at infinity . The extended Euclidean line has two points at infinity (these lists are nonexhaustive) 


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Apr808, 09:25 PM

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My question what is the universe expanding into..... is there another definition of expanding that isn't in Merriam Websters collegiate dictionary? transitive verb1: to open up : unfold2: to increase the extent, number, volume, or scope of : enlarge3 a: to express at length or in greater detail b: to write out in full <expand all abbreviations> c: to subject to mathematical expansion <expand a function in a power series> 


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Apr808, 09:58 PM

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Since you do not make precise statements (e.g. an equation is simply an equation; it does not have a "result"), and you do not bother to justify these claims, I cannot point to your error (other than pointing out your claim is wrong), or even be sure I know what you're talking about. 


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Apr808, 10:03 PM

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If something is expanding, is it not logical then that there would be something on the outside of said "thing" to expand into? 


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Apr908, 12:36 AM

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WW_III_ANGRY, You seem to have missed Hurkyl's point, I believe you misunderstand the technical term expansion. I think it is different than everyday use (I do not understand it either and have pondered the same thing you are). It seems the spatial dimensions themselves are actually what are expanding.
I would do more research before you make such claims the sorts of claims you are making. Also with your dictionary quoting you sound very arrogant and, in turn, look ignorant. Try just asking questions, I'm sure Hurkyl is more then willing to aid in your understanding. I am not an expert by any means but I know better than to speak in absolutes the way you are especially when I am ignorant of the subject I am talking about. Here is a link I found which explains it, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_expansion_of_space. Wikipedia is obviously not the best source in the world but I think it will give you a general idea of what it's all about. 


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Why can't math describe an infinite space in three dimensions? Or if you admit that it can, why can't a physicist choose to build a theory out of it? 


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Then it is a movement of galaxies further apart from each other? Then the universe is not growing in size? Thanks for clearing that up.. I was under the impression since the big bang began at the singularity the universe exploded outwards and is continually doing so. If this is not the case when discussing the universe expanding, then I was obviously mistaken. 


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Every single human civilization has lived in a world in which there are things that they did not know of at that period. I can easily point to the FACT that there is a progressionof knowledge as human civilization continues. You cannot deny the fact that there are things we know now that we did not know back then. To demand that we should know everything there is to know about the universe now is like an impetulant child wanting everything all at once. It is a fallacy, and you are using such a fallacy as your starting point. Furthermore, let me give you Newton's 2nd Law. Can you show me where there is a finite restriction to it simply because I can write it mathematically as F=dp/dt? Can you show me the finite number of configuration that it can be applied to? This is another example where the clear observation of "it works!" is being swept aside in favor of something speculative that hasn't been shown to even exist, much less, work! While you're at it, you may want to take a quick peek at the PF Guidelines. Zz. 


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Apr908, 01:34 PM

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Ok, "science" doesn't know anything even though all popular media sources often claim knowledge and tell us in manners that are direct in frank that science claims. I understand this isn't science, but it is the known popular "science" (not the magazine). For Newtons 2nd law, either I didn't make myself clear or you didn't understand what I was trying to say.. but in any case, I'll leave it at that.



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.. and I'll leave it at that. Zz. 


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