Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Professor Andrei Linde: What If I Believe In This Just Because It Is Beautiful?

Watch as Assistant Professor Chao-Lin Kuo surprises Professor Andrei Linde, one of the authors of inflationary cosmology, with news that evidence now supports his 30-year-old theory about the beginning of the universe:

From Stanford University's YouTube account:

"Assistant Professor Chao-Lin Kuo surprises Professor Andrei Linde with evidence that supports cosmic inflation theory. The discovery, made by Kuo and his colleagues at the BICEP2 experiment, represents the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. These waves have been described as the "first tremors of the Big Bang."

This quote especially resonates with me:

"This is a moment of understanding of nature of such a magnitude that is just overwhelms. Let's see. Let's just hope that it is not a trick. I always leave with this feeling of What if I'm tricked? What if I believe in this just because it is beautiful? What if? Yes. So, this is...very helpful to have evidence like that." --Professor Andrei Linde

Today let us celebrate our awesome universe and our incredible brains that continue questioning and exploring and seeking the truth.