Ripples in Space From the Beginning of Time
For the week of May 11th, 2014
Our Universe started out with a Big Bang some 14 billion years ago and instantly expanded from the size of an atom, to a vastness that no Earthly device can completely observe. This explosive birth generated gravitational waves which echoed throughout space. On this week’s Access Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicist Clem Pryke discusses a groundbreaking discovery that validates the theory of cosmic inflation and sheds new light on the origins of our Universe.
Guest: Clem Pryke, physicist at the University of Minnesota, Principal Investigator at the BICEP2 South Pole Telescope
Issues: New research confirming evidence for “Cosmic Inflation” after the Big Bang; How it fits into our understanding of the universe and the Big Bang itself; How technology made the discovery possible; What it’s like to journey to the South Pole to conduct research; The origins and future of our universe