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If the space-time metric is expanding with the expansion of the universe, if I could travel back in time, would I be less dense than the matter in that previous era?

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marked as duplicate by Qmechanic Jul 20 '13 at 5:42

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Are you sure you mean 'metric'? I haven't heard it used this way before. Perhaps you mean 'fabric'? – Noldorin Jan 21 '11 at 17:55
Possible duplicate: – Qmechanic Jul 20 '13 at 5:42

The answer is 'no'. The Hubble expansion does not enlarge the distance between atoms in your body. It even does not enlarge distances between stars in our Milky Way. (Nor between the Milky Way and Andromeda for that matter.)

This question has been asked here more often. See for instance the answers in: Why does space expansion not expand matter?

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This is a question that has been bothering me for a while, and is not definitively cleared up by the references found in the links provided by Johanes.

Obviously at the expansion following the Big Bang everything is the stress energy tensor and is expanding as the universe expands. It is when the narrative of the appearance of particles comes about that extra hypothesis have to be taken into account. This is that once QCD, maxwells equations and the weak lagrangian are in effect, and particles are generated from the primordial soup, the mass systems formed keep their cohesiveness like corks floating on a river due to the strength of the interactions. Some references say that in the ADS calculations there is a small expansion for atoms, but nothing like the cosmological size.

In my opinion, until we have a theory of everything, and maybe strings et al will provide us with one, one cannot be dogmatic about this. After all, the wavelengths are expanding, which is why we know of the expanding universe, and electromagnetic waves are also matter and also governed by Maxwell's equations.

At the moment my answer is, probably you will have the same density until you hit the particle formation time, with a question mark.

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