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Re: Universe is flat ?

namaste Yajvan.

Perhaps there is some truth in it? Flat of course should mean a 3-dimensional rectangle and not a flat 2-dimensional surface. Space is infinite, so what could be the geometrical shape of infinity? If it is a sphere, there is scope of some space being left out, because the sphere must be contained in something else. As against a spherical shape, a 3-D rectangle fills out completely leaving nothing. The universe is virtually infinite containing spherical bodies, so as a container I think its shape could be a cube or a 3-D rectangle.

But this suggestion poses one problem: directions. In a spherical model, the gradations of directions in the form of radii add up to 360 degrees, which is not possible in 3-dimensional a rectangular surface. But again, a spherical object by the action of its centrepetal and centrefugal forces tends to rotate around an axis, which may not be the case (I don't know) with a flat object.

The universe is a container and so is space. What is the best shape of a container? The answer perhaps lies in this question.

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