[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
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Post by Jochen Weller » April 04 2006

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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Post by Anze Slosar » April 04 2006

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

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Post by Alessandro Melchiorri » April 04 2006

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/


;-)

Fergus Simpson
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Post by Fergus Simpson » April 04 2006

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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Post by Jochen Weller » April 04 2006

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

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Post by Jochen Weller » April 04 2006

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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Post by Fergus Simpson » April 04 2006

Who is this English person you speak of?!

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Post by Anais Rassat » April 04 2006

I think the French and Scottish should allie against Jochen.

Anyway one cool thing about this paper is that I'd never seen \Omega_{\Lambda} and \Omega_{m} as being related by a factor of \pi!
Surely the universe is trying to say something.

Anais.

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Post by Tom Crawford » April 04 2006

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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Post by Daniel Grumiller » April 04 2006

Jochen, you fooled at least three people ;-)

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