Posted Dec 5, 2012 21:38 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
In reply to: Good piece
Parent article: LCE: Don't play dice with random numbers
You are right, I added the ellipsis on a Googolplex because I could not find any good estimate at the moment. Now I have: in the Wikipedia no less, and it is as you say. Saying it is bigger than the age of the universe is a bit of an understatement. So don't hold your breath for a recurrence.
Besides, it would only happen if our universe is an energy-conserving system; probably just changing size would break the recurrence.
Finally, even if a recurrence was possible in an expanding universe, it would just leave us at the starting point; not just diminish the entropy.
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