Cambridge is really beautiful in summer – but it’s also full of tourists! Cohorts of eager parents are walking around MIT and Harvard, many with a sparkle in their eyes, fantasizing that their children may one day be one of the very few kids that actually make it there. Nevertheless, I enjoy spending time in this quirky university town: Kayaking on the Charles River, coffee and sticky buns at Flour Bakery, or Asian-food shopping at H-Mart, always make it worth a trip!
It’s not every day you wake up and learn something completely new about the Universe when it was a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old!
Marc Kamionkowski at the BICEP2 press conference at Harvard’s CfA.
If gravity were not quantized, inflation would not produce gravitational waves. So we really are seeing a direct effect caused by the quantization of gravity, and it is the first time we’ve seen anything like that.
Alan Guth, inventor of the inflation idea, commenting on the BICEP2 measurements in an article in NewScientist.