EAS Publications Series
Volume 36, 2009Dark Energy and Dark Matter: Observations, Experiments and Theories
|Page(s)||325 - 336|
|Published online||30 May 2009|
E. Pécontal, T. Buchert, Ph. Di Stefano and Y. Copin (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 36 (2009) 325-336
Dark matter and dark energy proposals: maintaining cosmology as a true science?
Mathematics Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa
I consider the relation of explanations for the observed data to testability in the following contexts: observational and experimental detection of dark matter; observational and experimental detection of dark energy or a cosmological constant Λ; observational or experimental testing of the multiverse proposal to explain a small non-zero value of Λ; and observational testing of the possibility of large scale spatial inhomogeneity with zero Λ.
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