We refer to the classic definition of a singularity in Einstein's general relativity (based on geodesic incompletness) as well as to some other criteria to evaluate the nature of singularities in cosmology. We review what different (non-Big-Bang) types of singularities are possible even in the simplest cosmological framework of Friedmann cosmology. We also show that various cosmological singularities may be removed or changed due to the variability of physical constants.
Mathematical Structures of the Universe
- Pub Date:
- September 2014
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
- Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics;
- Physics - Popular Physics
- 15 pages, REVTEX4-1, 1 table, updated to a published reference. arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1207.4038