Alan Guth Quotes

Alan Harvey Guth (/?u??/; born February 27, 1947) is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Guth has researched elementary particle theory (and how particle theory is applicable to the early universe). He is currently serving as Victor Weisskopf Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Along with Alexei Starobinsky and Andrei Linde, he won the 2014 Kavli Prize “for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation.” Wikipedia

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Alan Guth


Space is certainly something more complicated than the average person would probably realize. Space is not just an empty background in which things happen.

Alan Guth


The Big Bang theory says nothing about what banged, why it banged, or what happened before it banged.

Alan Guth


When one studies the properties of atoms, one found that the reality is far stranger than anybody would have invented in the form of fiction. Particles really do have the possibility of, in some sense, being in more than one place at one time.

Alan Guth


Despite its name, the big bang theory is not really a theory of a bang at all. It is really only a theory of the aftermath of a bang.

Alan Guth


Our best theory of describing space at a fundamental level is probably string theory.

Alan Guth


In the context of general relativity, space almost is a substance. It can bend and twist and stretch, and probably the best way to think about space is to just kind of imagine a big piece of rubber that you can pull and twist and bend.

Alan Guth


The question of the origin of the matter in the universe is no longer thought to be beyond the range of science -- everything can be created from nothing...it is fair to say that the universe is the ultimate free lunch.

Alan Guth


Itâ??s hard to build models of inflation that don't lead to a multiverse. Itâ??s not impossible, so I think thereâ??s still certainly research that needs to be done. But most models of inflation do lead to a multiverse, and evidence for inflation will be pushing us in the direction of taking [the idea of a] multiverse seriously.

Alan Guth


The recent developments in cosmology strongly suggest that the universe may be the ultimate free lunch.

Alan Guth


It's actually safe to create a universe in your basement.

Alan Guth