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Science  28 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5419, pp. 1450
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5419.1450

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CHICAGO-- Most cosmologists think the remarkable homogeneity and geometric flatness of the large-scale universe is the result of inflation, which would have stretched a tiny mote of space and time into the entire cosmos (see main text). But a tiny number of researchers feel it's important to give inflation some competition, so that it doesn't become the reigning theory of the big bang by default, and they presented their theories during a recent symposium here.