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TOP RESEARCHERS COMMENT AS THE “GRAVITATIONAL WAVE REVOLUTION”  RIPPLES THROUGH THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY
Nature | News by Ron Cowen  || 18 March 2014

The evidence of gravitational waves from the early Universe found by researchers working at the South Pole has been hailed as a landmark discovery in cosmology, astronomy and physics. The announcement was made by astronomer John Kovac on 17 March at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. … Here Nature has collected reactions from leading researchers.

Please go to the open access article in Nature to read the comments (and see who made them) …

‒ “… many great intellectual discoveries are never confirmed at the time when the authors are still alive. I’m not dead yet and they are already seeing this gravitational-wave signal.” [Comment from one of the discoverers/creators of the theory of cosmic inflation]

‒ “Nobel prize material, no question. It’s not everyday that you wake up and learn something fundamentally new about the Universe, a telegram from the very earliest moments of the Universe.  … just in time for the one-hundredth birthday of Einstein’s general [theory of] relativity next year.”

‒ “If the BICEP2 result holds up, this is really big — as important as the discovery of dark energy, cosmic microwave background anisotropy or the Higgs boson. …”
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Top  Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, with the BICEP2 telescope on the right. [Robert Schwarz/University of Minnesota]
Middle/Bottom: credit: BICEP2 Collaboration / Nature Magazine, 17 March 2014

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