Lilienfeld Prize Lecture: Life, The Universe, and Nothing: Life and Death in an Ever-Expanding Universe

  title={Lilienfeld Prize Lecture: Life, The Universe, and Nothing: Life and Death in an Ever-Expanding Universe},
  author={Lawrence Maxwell Krauss and Glenn D Starkman},
Current evidence suggests that the cosmological constant is not zero, or that we live in an open universe. We examine the implications for the future under these assumptions, and find that they are striking. If the universe is cosmological constant-dominated, our ability to probe the evolution of large-scale structure will decrease with time; presently observable distant sources will disappear on a timescale comparable to the period of stellar burning. Moreover, while the universe might expand… Expand
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