Gravitational Waves Discovered – Einstein was Right!

by Rachel Baker on March 18, 2014

So, this seems like its a pretty big deal…

First, some background:

Gravitational waves were a consequence of Einstein’s theory that Newton’s “force at a distance” was actually a curving of the four-dimensional fabric of space-time. If the continuum could be distorted, then with enough energy those warps could be made to move.

Biggest question my little mind can come up with: Does this mean we might be able to fold the fabric of space-time and create a wormhole that will allow us to travel the universe more extensively?

Gravitational waves, predicted by Albert Einstein but never before observed, have been found by a team of scientists using a telescope at the South Pole.

Described by physicists as ‘spectacular’ and ‘bigger than the Higgs boson’, the discovery provides the strongest evidence yet that the universe went through a period of rapid inflation a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago.

“Other than finding life on other planets or directly detecting dark matter, I can’t think of any other plausible near-term astrophysical discovery more important than this one for improving our understanding of the universe,” said Caltech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll said on his blog.

“Before long it will lead to at least one Nobel Prize,” wrote MIT physicist Max Tegmark.

Arizona State University physicist Lawrence Krauss said: “These results are allowing us to not only address physical questions, but to turn previously metaphysical questions into scientific ones, such as ‘Why is there something rather than nothing’.”

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