News FocusAMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY MEETING

Hawking Blesses the Accelerating Universe

Science  02 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5411, pp. 34-35
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5411.34

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ATLANTA-- A year ago, shortly after observations of exploding stars called supernovae began suggesting that a mysterious background energy called lambda was causing cosmic expansion to accelerate, celebrated cosmologist Stephen Hawking had expressed doubts, calling the results preliminary. But at the American Physical Society meeting, held here from 20 to 26 March, he said that now that he has had more time to consider the observations, he finds it "very reasonable" that there should be a lambda.

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