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A Big Bang Theorist Gets Speechless Over A New 'Smoking Gun' Discovery

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Andrei Linde, a Russian-American theoretical physicist, in his office at Stanford University on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Palo Alto, CA. Linde is known for his research on inflationary universe theory and for developing the theories of eternal inflation and inflationary multiverse. (Ryan Anson/AP Images) | AP Images

Inflation" is a concept some physicists thought up in the 1980s to deal with the trickier parts of the Big Bang theory.

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