Detecting the ‘Bang’ from the Big Bang
Researchers have detected a nearly 14-billion-year-old signal that helps to confirm the idea of inflation, which theorizes that the universe quickly expanded right after the Big Bang. Physicists Lawrence Krauss, John Kovac, and Alan Guth—the father of inflation—discuss what this discovery can tell us about the early universe and what it might mean for the future of physics.
Alan Guth is the Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts.
Lawrence Krauss is director and foundation professor at The ASU Origins Project at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He is the author of Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science (W.W. Norton and Company, 2011).
John Kovac is an associate professor in astronomy and physics at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.