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Expanding Spacetime

Expanding Spacetime

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Taking a critical look at the Friedmann/Lemaître model and the con-
siderations behind this particular choice of metrics, we find, as was
carefully pointed out by Friedmann, that the temporal metric of the
line element was chosen due to its mathematical simplicity rather than
from physical or philosophical considerations. This simple form can
always be obtained by suitable coordinate transformations of any gen-
eral line element based on isotropy and homogeneity. However, there
is nothing to support the contention that the choice of temporal metric
in the Friedmann line element coincides with the “natural metric” de-
fined by the pace of an atomic clock. Therefore, conclusions based on
the Friedmann model regarding the nature of the cosmological expan-
sion could be misleading.
Since the coordinate distance in the “expanding space model” dis-
agrees with the natural distance defined by timing a light beam, the
model may give a distorted view of the nature of cosmological expan-
sion. The same argument may be advanced regarding the temporal
metric. The transformation t’ = T·exp(t/T) transforms the temporal
metric, t, beginning at t = 0 to a new metric, t’, without beginning. Yet,
both these metrics satisfy the same General Relativity equations and
they agree at t’ = T and t = 0 where dt = dt’. So, how can we know which

Chapter 2: Building a New Theory


representation is right in the sense that it correctly models the aging

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