The Copernican principle in compact space–times

  title={The Copernican principle in compact space–times},
  author={John D. Barrow and Janna J. Levin},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • J. Barrow, J. Levin
  • Published 9 April 2003
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Copernicus realized that we are not at the centre of the Universe. A universe made finite by topological identifications introduces a new Copernican consideration: while we may not be at the geometric centre of the Universe, some galaxy could be. A finite universe also picks out a preferred frame: the frame in which the universe is smallest. Although we are not likely to be at the centre of the Universe, we must live in the preferred frame (if we are at rest with respect to the cosmological… 

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