Stanford Assistant Professor Chao-Lin Kuo surprised Andrei Linde, a Stanford Professor of Physics, with evidence that supports his “cosmic inflation” theory of how the universe came to be. Kuo and his colleagues at the BICEP2 Experiment detected the first images of gravitational waves. These waves known as ripples in space-time have been described as the “first tremors of the Big Bang.”
Linde, a pioneering physicist, said in emotionally charged voice:
"If this is true, this is a moment of understanding of nature of such a magnitude that it just overwhelms."
“Thank you so much for doing it.”
What happened next is, of course, a celebration!
And no doubt, the next incoming wave will be the inevitable — a Noble prize!