The ABCs of the Big Bang — Allen County lands renowned physicist



February 2, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Forty years ago, a small boy in the remote hills of western Nepal waited with the men in his village to welcome the first motorized vehicle to ever enter their town. The approach was a slow one, the vehicle a tractor. When it arrived, the boy’s father and uncles took turns riding on the back of the spluttering machine.

The boy’s family wasn’t rich or even middle-class. His father was a subsistence farmer. The family grew rice and lentils and raised cattle and buffalo and goats. The boy’s parents had no formal education, but they recognized its value and sent all six of their children to the local school.

There was no electricity in the home, and so the children studied by the light of a kerosene lamp. When the kerosene ran out, they cut strips from a nearby Indian pine — known for its lambent and long-burning wood — and propped their books up near the light of the fire.

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