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Big Rip Compatible with Flat Universe?

  1. May 30, 2014 #1
    Is there a fundamental incompatibilty between a flat universe and the possibility of a Big Rip-type scenario of the evolution of the universe? Does a Big Rip necessarily imply a hyperbolic universe?

    What relationship is there -if any- between the shape of the universe and the equation of state parameter of dark energy that theoretically determines the likeliness of a Big Rip scenario?

    Wikipedia says that as of the present state of knowledge, the universe is flat within "a 0.4% margin of error". What future experiments/observations may refine/infirm this observation?

    Last edited: May 30, 2014
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  3. May 30, 2014 #2
    big rip is considered unlikely we are considered heading to heat death as our fate
  4. May 30, 2014 #3

    George Jones

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    There is none.
  5. May 30, 2014 #4
    Thanx George...concise and to the point.

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