Goldstein, the Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP
) and lead author of the study, "These striking and unexpected results remind us not only of the grace and beauty of life, but also that remarkable phenomena can emerge from very simple ingredients."
, University of Cambridge), and financial support from the Program of postdoctoral research grants (Programa de becas postdoctorales) of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerio de Educaciony Ciencia).
Steinhardt, Ovrut, and their colleagues Justin Khoury of Princeton and Neil Turok of the DAMTP
in Cambridge, England, call their model the ekpyrotic universe, from the Greek word for conflagration.