Polarization patterns imprinted in the CMB. Image Credit: CfA

That Moment When the “Father of Inflation” Learns of the Detection of Gravitational Waves

17 Mar , 2014 by

Andrei Linde, a professor in the Department of Physics at Stanford University, is one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory, that the universe underwent a brief but remarkably accelerated expansion immediately following the Big Bang.

Today, scientists announced that they’ve found direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves, which would provide a “smoking gun” for inflation, and also tell us when inflation took place and how powerful the process was.

Above is a scientifically heartwarming video of Linde being told of the gravitational wave discovery by Chao-Lin Kuo, also from Stanford University, the designer of the BICEP2 detector that made the discovery.

Read our full article about the discovery here.

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March 17, 2014 2:43 PM

So cool! Thanks for sharing! =)

Jeffrey Boerst
March 18, 2014 3:59 AM

…and the ghost of Einstein drops his mic.

March 19, 2014 9:54 PM

Love the part where his knees went wobbly on him!
It took three times for the news to sink in.