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oskorei's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by oskorei

#1: QM has little to do with stellar structure. It is mostly rather standard thermodynamics and nuclear physics, but I see your point...;)

In any case, the Universe is usually taken to be our spacetime continuum, and that is most likely finite. We use the word "multiverse" for everything else, and that is, just as likely, infinite, although such terms may not even be applicable to it.

#7: The era of inflation is defined as that time within which the universe, in a fraction of a second, inflated 10^30 times its size...or so. It is certainly over, although normal expansion is still ongoing and is, perhaps, accelerating (there are other solutions to the supernovae problem that do not involve accelerating expansion, but it is the most likely one).

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:27:00 UTC | #181699