But then there is a risk that it will seem more right than it would otherwise.
Some fear it was just cosmic dust affecting the readings.
From New Scientist:
“Everyone wants BICEP2 to be right,” Will Kinney of the University at Buffalo, New York, told a packed auditorium. “Because if it is, we are going to be doing incredibly precise physics on the inflationary model within the foreseeable future. And it’s going to be really cool.”
At the world’s largest meeting of cosmologists,
Astronomers and cosmologists at the International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology (COSMO) duked it out over how their models for the universe would be affected in two futures: one in which the results hold, the other in which dust blows them away.
We’ll see what happens.
A meeting of cosmologists? In a single universe? See also:
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