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Review Article
Nature 370, 609 - 615 (25 August 1994); doi:10.1038/370609a0

The case for an open Universe

Peter Coles & George Ellis

Peter Coles is at the Astronomy Unit, School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Mile End Road, London El 4NS, UK. George Ellis is at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town, 7700 Rondebosch, Republic of South Africa.

Contrary to popular belief, there is as yet no convincing evidence that the Universe has a density near the critical value required for closure. Indeed, a low-density Universe is favoured by many of the observations. Cosmologists should therefore keep an open mind about this question until it is settled by empirical data.

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