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The Foamy Cosmos

According to recent observations, there seem to be a lot of spherical voids in the cosmos. These vast nothingnesses are closed in by nearly spherical shells of galaxies. In other words, the cosmos consists of foam; homogeneous in the large, but bubbly in the small -- if spherical shells of galaxies can be considered "small." The only way, say the theorists, that such a foamy structure can arise is for the universe to be closed, not flat as counts of galaxies seem to indicate. Thus, the foamy cos-mos infers that we do not detect a lot of the mass existing in the universe.

(Anonymous; "Honeycomb Universe Must Be Closed," New Scientist, 98:540, 1983.)

Comment. In the Better, Bigger Big Bang there seems to be plenty of room for a foamy section or two!

From Science Frontiers #28, JUL-AUG 1983. 1983-2000 William R. Corliss