Saturday, March 22, 2014

BANG! Five sigma r of .2

Update: May 16, 2014 - Washington Post: Big Bang backlash: BICEP2 discovery of gravity waves questioned by cosmologist.

Some big news this week of a major discovery in physics. Andrei Linde, one of the "founding fathers" of the theory of inflation supported by this "smoking gun" evidence for the "BANG" in "Big Bang" was pretty excited about the news when he first found out about it:



The other founding father of the theory, Alan Guth, answered a few questions about the scientific significance of the discovery (For those interested in the theological significance of inflationary cosmology, see this summary by Victor Stenger - or these creationists in complete denial, or this embarrassing piece by a scientist for CNN).

Lawrence Krauss also has a good overview in the New Yorker, and National Geographic has a piece on the implications for a multiverse. Finally, PhD Comics has pretty good explainer.

Everything may never be the same again...

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