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But there are two grounds for comparing them. They told us that if you looked at just the visible matter, inflatiknary would see only about one percent of what you needed to make the universe flat. It was a mystery to him that the universe is expanding.

The conventional Big Bang theory without inflation really only worked if you fed into it initial conditions which were highly finely tuned to make it just right to produce a universe like the one we see.

Cosmologytheoretical physicsparticle physics. The inflationary theory not only allows the possibility for the universe to be uniform, but also tells us why it’s uniform: The data is so far in beautiful agreement with the theory.

With general relativity, curved space is the generic case. WilsonRoger Angel David C. More recently, Guth has expressed his belief that our universe is just one of many universes that came into existence among countless others as part of a multiverse.

Moving on to Stanford University Guth formally proposed the idea of cosmic inflation inthe idea that the nascent universe passed through a phase of exponential expansion that was driven by a positive vacuum energy density negative vacuum pressure. Alan Guth at Trinity College, Cambridge Aug 05, Jaime Olmos rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. So far, he has written about 60 technical papers related to the effects of inflation and its interactions with particle physics.

Most of the sensors described at the end have already been put into service, or put into service and inflationafy already. However, after graduating, Guth had a hard time finding a permanent job, partly because of the intense competition for university professor positions due to the baby boom, and he spent nine years traveling across the country pursuing temporary post-doctorate jobs related to physics, including time spent at Princeton toColumbia toCornell to and at the Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford to To ask other readers questions about The Inflationary Universeplease sign up.


I’ve been trying to call Alan all day to congratulate him, but his phone seems to be permanently busy. I also appreciated the autobiographical accounts of Guth’s efforts. July Learn how and when to remove this template message.


Guth is the Victor F. To understand the stability of galaxies it was necessary to assume that there was a large amount of dark matter in the galaxy — about five or ten times the amount of visible matter — which was needed just to hold the galaxy together.

Please help by adding reliable sources. Vacuum energy in three-Higgs-field model. The ghth is clear, even lighthearted at times, despite the esoteric topics under discussion. Now, they’ve gotten down to angular resolutions of about a tenth of a degree. There are moments where guuth process of scientific discovery looks a lot like a fumble recovery play in football.

How does the Sun shine?

Especially in this age of Climate Science, and climate change deniers, people are willing infpationary listen to physicists and chemists and whoever, who may be very good at what they do in their field, but atmospheric science is not their field. Epilogue – book released I’m very sure he’s going to win a Nobel Prize in the near future for his discovery. Does he actually think the critical mass calculus for density for the early universe is possible?

Even though it is math-less, it conveys the conceptual trade-offs and reasoning, beyond a mere description of the resulting theory to be taken on pure faith.


Without the question answered his inflation theory remains unproven. The evidence for a theory that’s either the one that I’m talking about or something very close to it is very, very strong. A possible solution to the horizon and flatness problems”. Throughout his book the question of “why” the universe began in a state of such esquisite uniformity is not addressed.


Inhe married his high school sweetheart, Susan Tisch, and they were to have two children: This book gets corny at times, when Guth throws in ill-digested personal details, probably because some well-intentioned editor told him the book would sell better if it wasn’t just science. False vacuum leads to temp reversal of certain properties, such as gravitation.

Such a scenario is completely natural in the context of grand unified models of elementary-particle interactions. Trivia About The Inflationary The conventional Big Bang theory gave us no reason to believe that there was any mechanism to require that, but inflztionary has to have been that way to explain why the universe looks the way it does today.

GuthAmerican Physical Society. The third problem that needed an explanation is that the big bang theory of Friedman, Lemaitre, Hubble, and others describes the universe as a giant refrigerator cooling and expanding forever, and the remnants of this bang still exists today as an afterglow of 2. The answer that we both came up with was that, in fact, quantum mechanics produces just the right spectrum of non-uniformities.

I’d just like niflationary close by saying that although I’ve been using the theory in the singular to talk about inflation I shouldn’t, really. The conventional Big Uhiverse theory, without inflation, was really only a theory of the aftermath of the Bang. This can be avoided, and people inflationarh at times tried to design versions of inflation that avoided it, but these versions of inflation never looked very plausible.

Remarkably free of mathematics, it relies instead on graphs, pictures I like pictures!