Published in General Relativity and Gravtitation, Vol. 32, Issue 6, p. 1125, 2000

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M. J. Disney

Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF24 3YB, Wales, UK

Abstract. It is argued that some of the recent claims for cosmology are grossly overblown. Cosmology rests on a very small database: it suffers from many fundamental difficulties as a science (if it is a science at all) whilst observations of distant phenomena are difficult to make and harder to interpret. It is suggested that cosmological inferences should be tentatively made and sceptically received.

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