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I’ve been trying to call Alan all day to congratulate him, but his phone seems to be permanently busy. This is exactly what was missing from the previous calculations! The generic inflationary model drives the universe to be completely flat, which means that one of the predictions is that today the mass density of the universe should be at the critical value which makes the universe geometrically flat. The second turning point for the author is when physicist Steven Weinberg accounted for the large asymmetry between the baryons matter and anti-baryons antimatter.

Alan Guth is brilliant yet it was bothersome for me, a non-scientist, for him to say ” the calculations are very simple, and among my fellow scientists I have heard no real skeptism about their validity.

The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins

The motion of galaxies in clusters is much more random and chaotic than the spiral galaxy, but the same issues arise.

These observations of the cosmic background radiation can be used to produce plots of the spectrum of non-uniformities, which are becoming more and more detailed. As inflation proceeds, the matter that was present at the beginning would be diluted to irrelevance, while space becomes filled with the exquisitely uniform mass density of the false vacuum.


They were wonderful stories, but the truth is so much more remarkable. We really can’t predict the overall amplitude — that is, the intensity of these ripples — unless we know more about the fundamental theory.

Alan Guth – Important Scientists – The Physics of the Universe

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. Hubble redshift ; mistaken age of universe.

That, rather than a description of the model itself, is the strength of the book. My view is that inflation is indeed at the core of the creation of the known observable universe.

This all ultimately results in progress. The 60th anniversary edition of the Review of Particle Physicspublished in Physical Review Dprovides a comprehensive review of the field of particle physics and of related guuth in cosmology. Want to Read saving…. The results of the WMAP mission in made the case for cosmic inflation very compelling.

Currently serving as Victor Weisskopf Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is the originator of the inflationary universe theory. Guth describes his key insight from and the developments following on from it.

However, after graduating, Guth had a hard time finding a permanent job, partly because of the intense competition for university professor positions futh 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 Gutth relates in his book how he first had collaborated with Dr.

Again I ask “why” Guth answer is ” Although we do not necessarily understand ‘why’ the early universe was so uniform,the cosmic background radiation provides direct evidence that it was ” he also states ” after two thousand years of scientific research, Lucretius was wrong. That means that if we follow our universe backwards in time towards the beginning using inflationary theory, we see that it started from something much smaller than you ever could have imagined in the context of conventional cosmology without inflation.


At the present time this inflationary theory, which a few years ago was in significant conflict with observation now works perfectly with our measurements of the mass density and the fluctuations.

Guth has researched elementary particle theory and how particle theory is applicable to the early universe. But they also said that they could offer more than that — there’s also dark matter. I also appreciated the autobiographical accounts of Guth’s efforts. Two weeks later, Guth heard colleagues discussing something called the horizon problem. Some expert topics in modern physics are well-explained for a general audience with a personal account of major developments and figures in the physics community.

Decay ultimately through quantum tunneling. The data is so far in beautiful agreement with the theory. What’s needed is a material with a negative pressure. No percolation of bubbles resolving to infinite connectivity. The cyclic theory could die when that problem finally gets solved definitively. Guth relates in his book how he first had co This is more anecdotal than a rigorous scientific review His early childhood was unremarkable, although he showed a strong aptitude for mathematics.