1 Introduction and Outline

Gowdy spacetimes have been used as a toy model in the context of, e.g., gravitational waves, quantum gravity, numerical relativity and mathematical cosmology. However, here we shall only be concerned with the question of strong cosmic censorship. In other words, we are interested in a mathematical problem. Nevertheless, numerical relativity has played an important role in the development of the subject, and as a consequence, we shall mention some of the key numerical observations.

 1.1 Outline, basic material
 1.2 Outline, the asymptotics in the direction towards the singularity
 1.3 Outline, the expanding direction
 1.4 Strong cosmic censorship

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