What Works : Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang

Once again, Twitter has been a great platform for finding articles like this, by the New York Times.  The tweet read, “Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang.”  Science always seems to be an interesting topic for readers, as they like to think about the unknown.  I clicked on the article immediately, instantly drawn in by the mention of the big bang theory, one that most children learn in middle school.  The article did take a bit of concentration to understand, since there is a great deal of scientific information, but with the addition of some cheat sheets, it was quite an interesting read.

This article is of course very timely.  The radio astronomers said that they saw the beginning of the big bang on Monday, March 17th.  It also certainly has impact, maybe not on everybody, but for the scientific community, this is a huge discovery.  This story also had an oddity factor to it.  It is not every day that a discovery like this is made.

This story uses a narrative lead.  It opens in 1979, talking about how Dr. Guth started his theory.  It progresses on to speak about the new information that has been found out about the big bang.  This is definitely a great way to ease into the hard news in this story.  Dr. Guth has been working on this for decades, and his work has hypothesis has finally been able to seem correct.

The fifth paragraph down is the nut graph of this story.  While it is a rather short paragraph it tells exactly what the news in this article is; that Dr. Guth’s hypothesis is indeed plausible.  The rest of the article then goes on to expand on how this hypothesis is right.

This story absolutely provides enough detail.  There are so many comments from scientists from all over, as well as a huge amount of scientific facts.  The article goes into great detail to explain to the reader what this finding means in general, as well as what it means to the scientific community.  I think the most astounding part of the story was, “Dr. Kovac said the chance that the results were a fluke was only one in 3.5 million — a gold standard of discovery called five-sigma.”  It really proves to the reader that indeed this hypothesis is right and this is a huge find.

This article had a vast number of sources.  They talked to Dr. Guth of course, as well as countless scientists of all kinds from various universities, such as John Hopkins, University of Chicago, Stanford and many more.  These scientists were also both team and non-team members on the project.

The story used a great graphic showing the different theories of inflation.  This was amazingly helpful to the reader.  This article is very heavy in scientific facts so having this information really breaks it down and makes the article more understandable.  I think if you needed to add another source of media to this article a soundbite would be good.  Having Dr. Guth talk about such a huge part of his life would be beneficial for the reader.

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