The Guardian: Primordial gravitational wave discovery heralds 'whole new era' in physics

Last Updated on 17 March 2014

I have a new story posted by the Guardian. This is the confirmation of the story I published last Friday that we were on the brink of a major cosmological announcement.

 

"Scientists have heralded a "whole new era" in physics with the detection of "primordial gravitational waves" – the first tremors of the big bang.

 

The minuscule ripples in space-time are the last prediction of Albert Einstein's 1916 general theory of relativity to be verified. Until now, there has only been circumstantial evidence of their existence. The discovery also provides a deep connection between general relativity and quantum mechanics, another central pillar of physics.

 

"This is a genuine breakthrough," says Andrew Pontzen, a cosmologist from University College London who was not involved in the work. "It represents a whole new era in cosmology and physics as well." If the discovery is confirmed, it will almost certainly lead to a Nobel Prize. ..."

 

Underlining the importance of the story, The Guardian ran this as a front page story on Tuesday 21st's print version of the newspaper.

 

You can read the full story here.


Written on Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00 by Stuart Clark

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