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Posted by Mario Dovalina on September 3, 2001 23:35:55 UTC

So, as far as we can tell today, space has neither a positive nor negative curvature, but is flat. Right? And the extent of this curvature is determined by the total amount of mass in the universe. So, wouldn't this mean that had ANY more mass been around, one more proton or one more electron, that we would be seeing a non-zero curvature in our universe? Doesn't this seem like an insanely improbable coincidence, or is there an inescapable reason for the "flatness" of space that I'm missing? (I'll wager on the second)


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