First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation – SpaceRef

Wow!  There were lots of rumors about this over the weekend.  Turns out that, in this case, the rumors were spot on.

Almost 14 billion years ago, the universe we inhabit burst into existence in an extraordinary event that initiated the Big Bang. In the first fleeting fraction of a second, the universe expanded exponentially, stretching far beyond the view of our best telescopes. All this, of course, was just theory.

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Researchers from the BICEP2 collaboration today announced the first direct evidence for this cosmic inflation. Their data also represent the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. These waves have been described as the “first tremors of the Big Bang.” Finally, the data confirm a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity.

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9 thoughts on “First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation – SpaceRef

    1. Good question. Here’s a tweet from Sean Carroll that tells me it might take them a while to sort this out.


  1. this is, now what i write may seem pure folly and so ask for forgiveness and a great understanding for my stupidity. i can not understand everything yet but i would not rush with nobel. we have rather doubtful evidence to even more doubtful theory. predicted, even proved, so we can fully see its importance in our attempt to understand the universe. a little problem only is… inflation itself has no deeper meaning. but perhaps i’m wrong. so once again please forgive me!


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