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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

Len Goddard

Not wrong, just not completely right

It is quite possible that Einstein's equations do not hold on the largest scales. His theory could be an excellent description of the physics of the universe we could detect and measure 50 years ago but inadequate to completely describe the universe we can now see - just like Newton's equations are good enough for everything in the solar system except the perihelion precession of Mercury and GPS devices.

At some stage we have to have a theory which will unite quantum mechanics and relativity. It has to give the same results as both those theories as currently verified so it will probably manifest as unexpected results in new or more precise measurements. Now we just need a Newton/Einstein level genius to have a dose of inspiration and come up with an explanation. Of course, there is no rule to say that it has to make sense to us ...

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