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Alan Guth
(27 Feb 1947 - )

American theoretical physicist and cosmologist , who pioneered of the Inflationary Model of the expanding Universe. This model explains the exponential growth of the universe mere fractions of a second after the Big Bang, and its continued expansion today.

Science Quotes by Alan Guth (4 quotes)

I bet it would have been a lot of fun to work with Einstein. What I really respect about Einstein is his desire to throw aside all conventional modes and just concentrate on what seems to be the closest we can get to an accurate theory of nature.
— Alan Guth
As quoted by Christina Couch, '10 Questions for Alan Guth, Pioneer of the Inflationary Model of the Universe' (7 Jan 2016) on the website for NPR radio program Science Friday.
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I was very impressed that one simple theory could incorporate so much physics
— Alan Guth
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My own emotional feeling is that life has a purpose—ultimately, I’d guess that purpose it has is the purpose that we’ve given it and not a purpose that come out of any cosmic design.
— Alan Guth
As quoted in Michio Kaku, Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos (2006), 359.
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The Big Bang theory says nothing about what banged, why it banged, or what happened before it banged.
— Alan Guth
As quoted in Neil Swidey, 'Alan Guth: What Made the Big Bang Bang', Boston Globe (2 May 2014).
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