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18 Dennis W. Sciama The second idea was by no means obvious, and this was to exploit the non-Euclidean geometry of his theory by constructing a model in which space at anyone time is finite but unbounded - the three-dimensional analogue of the surface of a sphere. The topology of space as well as its geometry was thus brought into the discussion. The next major step was taken in 1922 by a Russian meteorologist Alexander Friedmann . He showed that by not insisting that the universe be static one could construct a whole family of homogeneous and isotropic models, with or without the cosmological term.