The eternal debate about the eternal inflation of the universe

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The idea that the universe is continually inflating isn’t confirmed – but there are still some misconceptions about it, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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21 July 2021

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LAST month, I wrote a column about the possibility that space-time is eternally inflating, and I was admittedly caught off guard by the amount of attention it got on social media. I am pleased that so many people share my interest in cosmology and specifically the first few seconds of space-time as we understand it.

At the same time, I was troubled by a supposed summary of the column that I saw in another publication which claimed I was proposing a new theory for the origins of the universe. This suggests to me that I should continue my discussion of …

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