Of all sources you wouldn’t expect to admit this, Nature explains:
When a team of cosmologists announced at a press conference in March that they had detected gravitational waves generated in the first instants after the Big Bang, the origins of the Universe were once again major news. The reported discovery created a worldwide sensation in the scientific community, the media and the public at large .
According to the team at the BICEP2 South Pole telescope, the detection is at the 5–7 sigma level, so there is less than one chance in two million of it being a random occurrence. The results were hailed as proof of the Big Bang inflationary theory and its progeny, the multiverse. Nobel prizes were predicted and scores of theoretical models spawned. The announcement also influenced decisions about academic appointments and the rejections of papers and grants. It even had a role in governmental planning of large-scale projects.
But then it all bust.
I (O’Leary for News) remember being at dinner parties where people were predicting human immortality from this stuff. Then bust.
So we are not legally required to teach or learn this nonsense in school?
Why did anyone needed to believe it? See The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (cosmology).