Kuo and his colleagues announced on Monday that they believe to a high-degree of certainty that they have detected gravitational waves in the faint afterglow of the Big Bang. Linde's theory of cosmological inflation — which posits that for the briefest of moments at the very beginning of the universe, gravity was a repulsive force spawning a massive expansion — had predicted that such gravity waves would be found.
It's a big deal in the world of physics, and already there's talk of a potential Nobel Prize.
Kuo, with camera in tow, wanted to be the one to break the good news to Linde. So, when Linde and his wife, Renata, answered the door, it was the first time they'd heard the result:
"It's five-sigma," Kuo tells him, referring to the extremely high probability that gravity waves had in fact been detected by the group's telescope at the South Pole.
Renata appears to grasp the import of the news before her incredulous husband does. Andrei asks Kuo to repeat himself — twice.