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The Fate of the Universe
Produced by: David Barrett Wilson
For virtually all of human history, the study of cosmology has been an exercise in either mythology or guesswork. Remarkably, in large part due to advances in observing capability provided by the space program, we are on the verge of obtaining quantitative answers to some of the most basic questions about the nature of the Universe: How old is it now? Will it live forever? How did its basic structures form? Recent work combining observations from the Hubble Space Telescope and a number of ground-based telescopes has substantially reduced the uncertainty in our measurement of the rate of cosmic expansion, and hence in our estimate of the Universe's age. These efforts also have placed looser constraints on the two cosmological parameters governing whether the Universe will expand forever, or will ultimately turn around and collapse. Now there is evidence that the rate of the universe's expansion is actually growing. The cosmos is accelerating. Future observations to pin down the acceleration of the universe along with figuring out what the cosmological constant is, will help determine the ultimate fate of the universe.


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Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe
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God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe
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Einstein's Greatest Blunder?
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