Sam Wormley wrote:
> kenseto wrote:
> > 1. The Inflation Hypothesis:
> > This epicycle was invented to explain the observed horizon of the universe
> > appears to be much larger than the age of the universe allowed.
> And there is CMB evidence suggesting that inflation is correct.
Funny you should mention this as this from a recent paper from WMAP:
The large-angle (low-l) correlations of the Cosmic Microwave
Background exhibit several statistically significant anomalies compared
to the standard inflationary cosmology. We show that the quadrupole
plane and the three octopole planes are far more aligned than
previously thought (99.9% C.L.).
This observation is in bold contradiction to the predictions of
pre-existing cosmological model, and argues against an inflationary
origin for these fluctuations. In addition, there is strong evidence
(again of greater than 99% confidence) that the microwave background at
these multipoles is correlated with the geometry and direction of
motion of the solar system. The observed signal is most unlikely to be
due to residual contamination of the full-sky microwave background maps
by known Galactic foregrounds."