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Does Science Know the Vital Statistics of the Cosmos?

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Science  13 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5392, pp. 1247-1248
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5392.1247

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Two prominent cosmologists recently debated whether signs of a background energy in empty space point to a unified picture of the origins and makeup of the universe. Michael Turner of the University of Chicago argued that recent observations of distant, exploding stars called supernovae (see p. 1249) are for the first time in history giving cosmologists a credible handle on the origin, overall makeup, and ultimate fate of the universe, while Princeton University's James Peebles said that although the resulting picture is theoretically plausible, it portrays a universe chock-full of stuff too bizarre to accept without serious reservations.