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Title: De Sitter and Schwarzschild-de Sitter according to Schwarzschild and de Sitter
Authors: McInnes, B. 
Keywords: AdS-CFT and dS-CFT Correspondence
Black Holes in String Theory
Discrete and Finite Symmetries
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2003
Citation: McInnes, B. (2003-09-01). De Sitter and Schwarzschild-de Sitter according to Schwarzschild and de Sitter. Journal of High Energy Physics 7 (9) : 153-177. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: When de Sitter first introduced his celebrated spacetime, he claimed, following Schwarzschild, that its spatial sections have the topology of the real projective space ℝP3 (that is, the topology of the group manifold SO(3)) rather than, as is almost universally assumed today, that of the sphere S3. (In modern language, Schwarzschild was disturbed by the non-local correlations enforced by S3 geometry.) Thus, what we today call "de Sitter space" would not have been accepted as such by de Sitter. There is no real basis within classical cosmology for preferring S 3 to ℝP3, but the general feeling appears to be that the distinction is in any case of little importance. We wish to argue that, in the light of current concerns about the nature of de Sitter space, this is a mistake. In particular, we argue that the difference between "dS(S 3)" and "dS(ℝP3)" may be very important in attacking the problem of understanding horizon entropies. In the approach to de Sitter entropy via Schwarzschild-de Sitter spacetime, we find that the apparently trivial difference between ℝP3 and S 3 actually leads to very different perspectives on this major question of quantum cosmology. © SISSA/ISAS 2003.
Source Title: Journal of High Energy Physics
ISSN: 10298479
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