A new perspective on steady-state cosmology: from Einstein to Hoyle

Cormac O Raifeartaigh, Simon Mitton

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    We recently reported the discovery of an unpublished manuscript by Albert Einstein in which he attempted a 'steady-state' model of the universe, i.e., a cosmic model in which the expanding universe remains essentially unchanged due to a continuous formation of matter from empty space. The manuscript was apparently written in early 1931, many years before the steady-state models of Fred Hoyle, Hermann Bondi and Thomas Gold. We compare Einstein’s steady-state cosmology with that of Hoyle, Bondi and Gold and consider the reasons Einstein abandoned his model. The relevance of steady-state models to today’s cosmology is briefly discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Institute of Physics Inaugural Conference on the History of Physics
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2015


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