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What if I believe unto this just because it’s beautiful?’

The amazing recent discovery of evidence of gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time that have echoes of the big bang nearly 14 billion years ago — promises many of us a headache. Just as light is bent by gravity, trying to understand this new discovery can be mind-bending. I mean, we’re trying to conceive of a billionth of a billionth of a millionth of a second 13.8 billion years ago. Really?

Professor Linde was elated at the news would be putting it mildly. But what intrigued me was his scientifically-ingrained reservation and humility, even then. Smiling broadly with somewhat glistening eyes he said in his marked Russian accent, “Let us just hope this is not a trick. I always leave with this feeling, ‘What if I believe unto this just because it’s beautiful?’” [Read more at On Being].

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