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[astro-ph/0604011] Cosmic Conspiracies
 
Authors:Douglas Scott, Ali Frolop
Abstract:The now standard vanilla-flavoured LambdaCDM model has gained further confirmation with the release of the 3-year WMAP data combined with several other cosmological data-sets. As the parameters of this standard model become known with increasing precision, more of its bizarre features become apparent. Here we describe some of the strangest of these ostensible coincidences. In particular we appear to live (within 1sigma) at the precise epoch when the age of the Universe multiplied by the Hubble parameter H_0 t_0 = 1.
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Will this paper lay the foundations for a whole new branch of Physics
Sure, this is how it was written
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I don't understand the paper. Have to ask my mum.
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Only if the WMAP3 results are correct
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Jochen Weller



Joined: 24 Sep 2004
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Affiliation: Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

Awesome. Was waiting for this from Douglas. I think now he will become a hot contender for a Templeton.
To everybody out there who is reading this, I think this work will be cited for
generations. A whole new field was created by this paper. I am thinking
Einstein, Feynman...
I think the arXiv would do good, to have a new group: cons-ph

but maybe others feel less enthusiastic
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Anze Slosar



Joined: 24 Sep 2004
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PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

Jochen, maybe you should check the "Dated" field, just under affiliations... :)
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Alessandro Melchiorri



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PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

Jochen I think this paper is a 1st April hoax ! :-)
The author, Douglas Scott is a nickname for an old american actor, see:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0779081/


;-)
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Fergus Simpson



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PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

Here's Douglas' site:

http://www.astro.ubc.ca/people/scott/

The biggest cosmic coincidence is of course that the second author has a name which is an anagram for April Fool. :)
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Jochen Weller



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PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

I do not believe any of you ... this is just too beautiful
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Jochen Weller



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PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

Well the first three posts today have proofen the long known conjecture
that Germans have a better sense of humour than Slowenians, Italians and
the English.
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Fergus Simpson



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PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

Who is this English person you speak of?!
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Anais Rassat



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PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

I think the French and Scottish should allie against Jochen.

Anyway one cool thing about this paper is that I'd never seen ΩΛ and Ωm as being related by a factor of π!
Surely the universe is trying to say something.

Anais.
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Tom Crawford



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PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

One can almost forgive those who fell for this, given that it didn't show up until the fourth of April.

In fact, this has led me to turn a skeptical eye on most any paper that has ever appeared on astro-ph in the first week of April, and I've turned up some real knee-slappers:

http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0004096 - How could anyone have failed to see the humor in this one?

http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0504115 - The ISW effect! They actually thought we'd fall for that?!

http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0509301 - I don't know why they waited five months to post it, as it's clearly an April Fool's joke.
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Daniel Grumiller



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PostPosted: April 04 2006  Reply with quote

Jochen, you fooled at least three people ;-)
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