1. J. A. Lester, Does Matter Matter?

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Volume 11: Pages 481-491, 1998

Does Matter Matter?

J. A. Lester

Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6 Canada

This paper examines a nongeneral relativistic cosmological model based on a simple mathematical modification of Minkowski spacetime. The model predicts the existence of two mathematically distinct classes of cosmological objects: • a class of relatively close objects with apparent magnitudes, etc., similar to those of standardmodels, but with redshifts limited by 3; • a class of more distant, smaller, brighter objects with unlimited redshifts. The model also predicts that the age of the universe is twice the Hubble time, or approximately 25 billion years. Unlike general relativistic cosmologies, this cosmology is independent of the distribution of matter in the universe. Its effects become significant only at cosmological distances.

Keywords: age of the universe, angular diameters, apparent magnitudes, cosmological models, matter, number counts, redshifts, relative infinity

Received: February 21, 1994; Published online: December 15, 2008