Special delivery: Watch Big Bang theorist learn about "smoking gun" proof

Yesterday the "smoking gun" of the Big Bang was revealed. If confirmed, this Stanford scientist was right all along


Sarah Gray
March 18, 2014 7:48PM (UTC)

Yesterday the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that a team of researchers had found the "smoking gun" for the Big Bang. If confirmed, the oscillating gravitational waves detected by NASA-JPL telescope BICEP2 prove the theory of inflation: the rapid expanding of our universe that happened in less than a second after the Big Bang.

Stanford scientist Chao-Lin Kuo, a collaborator in the South Pole BICEP2 experiment, surprised Andrei Linde, a Stanford professor and key author of the Inflationary Universe theory, with the news. The reaction below shows the beautiful effects of discovery:

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In the video, released by Stanford, professor Linde jokes that he ordered this delivery 30 years ago. "Finally it arrived!" he said. Later in the video he sums up the enormousness of this discovery, "If this is true, this is a moment of the understanding of nature, of such a magnitude -- it overwhelms. Let's just hope it is not a trick!"

h/t The Atlantic


Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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