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Einstein’s academic heirs win physics Nobel


Rainer Weiss (left) and Kip Thorne at a news conference in February 2016 Associated Press/Photo by Andrew Harnik

Einstein’s academic heirs win physics Nobel

Three U.S.-based scientists won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for detecting gravitational waves rippling through space as Albert Einstein predicted a century ago. The discovery energized the scientific world with confirmation of Einstein’s theory of relativity, which posits that 3-D space and time are woven in a single continuum, commonly called a fabric, that can stretch, shrink, and tremble. The existence of gravitational waves was also good news for creationists, as Jeff Zwirink, an astrophysicist at UCLA, explained at the time: “If general relativity is correct, that implies there is a beginning to the universe, and if there is a beginning, then there is a beginner.” Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology share the Nobel prize for the discovery.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is WORLD’s executive editor for news. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.

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