Saturday, March 22, 2014

cosmic inflation

did you hear about the big physics news that came out this week?  a "spectacular" discovery showing observations consistent with the illusive theory of cosmic inflation?

the topic is subtle, but the PhD comic below does a fantastic job of explaining the discovery.

as with any science experiment, i will let myself get much more excited when another experiment verifies the result, but in the meantime,  there's a fascinating discussion happening on a facebook page created just before the press release came out.  there are many eminent physicists taking part in the discussion, and it seems like an interesting avenue for real scientific debate in the future.

1 comment:

heroineworshipper said...

All the media coverage retold inflation, but no-one has successfully described the experiment other than calling it a "signature". Maybe it's time for a timelapse doodle video.