Talk:Eternal inflation

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Starobinsjy in history section[edit]

The section about Starobinsky is not very accurate so I will try to improve it by removing the inaccuracies. Here is my justification

It says "Although Alexei Starobinsky of the L.D. Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics in Moscow developed the first realistic inflation theory in 1979[5][6] he failed to articulate its relevance to modern cosmological problems." This part seems fair

It goes on "Due to political difficulties in the Soviet Union, regarding the free exchange of scientific knowledge, most scientists outside the USSR remained ignorant about Starobinsky's work until years later." This is not true. For example Barrow cited Starobinsky in his 1981 paper in Nature and Starobinsky was present at Hawking's Nuffield conference on inflation in 1982. So his recognition and participation in subsequent developments began very soon after Guth's work

Finally it reads "Starobinsky's model was relatively complicated, however, and said little about how the inflation process could start." Starobinsky's paper was short and simple. It is odd that the lack of a starting process is cited as a criticism in the article on eternal inflation in which it is assumed that there was no start. Starobinsky assumed a pre-existing de-sitter phase as in eternal inflation. Weburbia (talk) 19:36, 24 March 2014 (UTC)