Re: The neutrino has mass?!

David Bowman (
Fri, 05 Jun 1998 0:27:23 EDT

Regarding John Rylander's speculation about the recent report of evidence
for finite neutrino mass:

>A fascinating story that if confirmed has major implications for the
>standard model of particle physics.
>This is interesting here partly in itself, but also because it may bear on
>theories of the origin of the universe, and in particular, -may- give more
>credibility (I didn't say how much, please; only -more- than previously) to
>the oscillating universe theories, a leading atheological alternative to
>intelligent cosmological design.

Although a finite mass for neutrinos may have the effect of significantly
adding to the mean mass density of the universe, and thereby have some
cosmological significance (by biasing the universe more toward closure),
it won't give any more credibility to the, essentially defunct, oscillating
universe senario, however.

David Bowman