Physicist rejoices as he learns his Big Bang theory is correct

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Today is a great day for science, humanity and Andrei Dmitriyevich Linde—one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory that was confirmed today. Watch his emotions as assistant Professor Chao-Lin Kuo surprises him with the news of the evidence that supports a whole life of theoretical work.


Kuo and his colleagues were the ones who got "the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time—the "first tremors of the Big Bang."

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Matt Harrison

Incidentally, for anyone not au fait with scientific. terminology as used in the video, "sigma" refers to standard deviations in statistics and is a way of measuring the chance of something just being statistical fluctuation. "5-sigma" means there is a 0.0000003 chance that the result is a random fluctuation in the data, and is the level of probability used as a standard to declare something a discovery.