Big Bang breakthrough: Scientists differ on BICEP2 findings

By Salome Phelamei | Last Updated: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 20:20

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New York: Earlier in March, astronomers announced that they had discovered the gravitational ripples in space-time that are echoes of the massive expansion of the universe that took place just after the Big Bang.

The reported discovery created a worldwide sensation in the scientific community, and even led to Nobel predictions.
But now, some scientists have raised serious doubts about the widely praised experiment, saying that the BICEP2 did not take cognizance of dust in the Milky Way Galaxy.

“Now, serious flaws in the analysis have been revealed that transform the sure detection into no detection. The search for gravitational waves must begin anew”, Paul Steinhardt, professor of physics at Princeton University, writes in an article in the journal `Nature`.

Further, there were rumours reported flaws in the research, with one claiming that scientists who reported the discovery have admitted making a mistake.
However, debate and controversy is totally normal in science, and that`s how science will advance.

If the BICEP2 discovery turns out to be true, indeed, it will be a huge step forward in understanding about the early Universe.



First Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 20:20

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