Very significant new evidence today of the so-called ‘inflation’ of the universe in the very tiny moments after the beginning.
Phil Plait has a good overview of today’s announcement about direct evidence for inflation in the very early universe, just after the Big Bang.
It’s all pretty abstruse, he admits. Yet…
But what does this meant to you? Well, that’s up to you, of course. Most of us can live our daily lives without worrying overly much about gravitational waves, subatomic particles, or what the Universe was like in the tiniest sliver of the first moment of its existence.
But think about that: We can understand what the Universe was like in the tiniest sliver of the first moment of its existence! These aren’t wild guesses, or just-so stories, or fanciful myths. This work is the result of an intense amount of research, the application of math, science, physics, and technology over hundreds of years, the painstaking acquisition of knowledge that must withstand the fires of scientific scrutiny and skepticism to survive. And so far, they have.