Take note world. This is big.
At rare moments in scientific history, a new window on the universe opens up that changes everything. Today was quite possibly such a day. At a press conference on Monday morning at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a team of scientists operating a sensitive microwave telescope at the South Pole announced the discovery of polarization distortions in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, which is the observable afterglow of the Big Bang. The distortions appear to be due to the presence of gravitational waves, which would date back to almost the beginning of time.
I just read a couple articles about this, and have understood incredibly little.
What I did learn, is that in one day the science on the origin of our planet grew exponentially. This one day’s worth of science is more important than all the other research and discoveries done on the topic in the history of humankind.
What’s that creationism? Riiight that’s a really awkward silence.
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Robert Jastrow on “the big bang”–“The scientist’s pursuit of the past ends in the moment of creation. . . .
He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”