The fall of geometry: is mathematics certain?
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The most exciting and profound new physics, the first glimpses of twenty first century physics, are now coming from astronomy. In 1981, Alan Guth, a young physicist, then at Stanford University, proposed a wild theory that would resolve both these and other outstanding problems with the Big Bang in one fell swoop. Astronomers and physicists triumphantly celebrated the combined achievement of their far reaching theories and high-precision measurements. Inflation would solve the horizon problem because things that are now very far apart and mysteriously coordinated were once cosy neighbours. This new acceleration is entirely different from inflation. Inflation is a brief expansion of spacetime that lasted for an instant during the primordial fireball. There is no consensus about what new physics will be needed to explain our accelerating universe, and some, perhaps, still hope that the observations are some kind of error.