A Critical Look at Inflationary Cosmology

@article{Earman1999ACL,
  title={A Critical Look at Inflationary Cosmology},
  author={John Earman and Jes{\'u}s Lozano Moster{\'i}n},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={1999},
  volume={66},
  pages={1 - 49}
}
Inflationary cosmology won a large following on the basis of the claim that it solves various problems that beset the standard big bang model. We argue that these problems concern not the empirical adequacy of the standard model but rather the nature of the explanations it offers. Furthermore, inflationary cosmology has not been able to deliver on its proposed solutions without offering models which are increasingly complicated and contrived, which depart more and more from the standard model… 
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