At the Princeton meeting "Critical Dialogues in Cosmology" Martin Rees
gave some introductory remarks in which he plotted the degree of belief
about cosmological paradigms as a function of time.
The following table is a loose interpretation of his overhead transparencies.
|The Universe is expanding||> 99
|from a hot big bang||99
|in which the light elements were synthesized.
|There was a period of inflation||70
|which led to a "flat" universe today.||50
|Structure was seeded by gaussian irregularities
|which are the relics of quantum fluctuations
|and is dominated by cold dark matter.
The history of how strongly cosmologists have
believed their theoretical ideas, adapted from Martin Rees' introduction
to the meeting held to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Princeton
Martin White & Douglas Scott