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A Critical Look at Inflationary Cosmology

Earman, John and Mosterin, Jesus (1999) A Critical Look at Inflationary Cosmology. Philosophy of Science, 66 (1). 1 - 49. ISSN 0031-8248

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<jats:p>Inflationary cosmology won a large following on the basis of the claim that it solves various problems that beset the standard big bang model. We argue that these problems concern not the empirical adequacy of the standard model but rather the nature of the explanations it offers. Furthermore, inflationary cosmology has not been able to deliver on its proposed solutions without offering models which are increasingly complicated and contrived, which depart more and more from the standard model it was supposed to improve upon, and which sever the connection between cosmology and particle physics that initially made the inflationary paradigm so attractive. Nevertheless, inflationary cosmology remains a promising research program, not least because it offers an explanation of the origin of the density perturbations that seeded the formation of galaxies and other cosmic structures. Tests of this explanation are underway and may settle the issue of whether inflation played an important role in the early universe.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Earman, Johnjearman@pitt.eduJEARMAN
Mosterin, Jesus
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: March 1999
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Volume: 66
Number: 1
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Page Range: 1 - 49
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1086/392675
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-8248
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2012 18:48
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2022 14:55


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