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Published on March 17th, 2014 | by Joe Scott

Physicist Learns That His Life’s Work Has Changed Science Forever. His Reaction Is Priceless.

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You may have heard that today a team of scientists working with a telescope in Antarctica have found the existence of “gravitational waves” in the leftover cosmic radiation from the Big Bang. These waves were first theorized by Albert Einstein and hold a huge key to understanding what happened after the Big Bang and how all of existence came into being.

Professor Andrei Linde has been working for 30 years on this problem and his work led to the 9-year experiment that culminated in the discovery announced today. In this video, he is told for the first time about the finding, and the look on his face is priceless.

You don’t have to understand the physics involved (and you likely won’t), but you can’t help but be moved by his reaction to the fact that his life’s work has finally paid off. And that it may have changed our understanding of the universe.

And that he could very well win a Nobel Prize.

Please share this video and help honor this brilliant man.

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