Andrei Linde is a Professor of Physics at Stanford University. One of the authors of the inflationary universe scenario, which is the latest version of the Big Bang theory, he demonstrated that during the early stages of its evolution the universe may enter the stage of self-reproduction. At this stage the universe becomes divided into indefinitely large numbers of exponentially large regions with different physical laws in each of them. Linde has written 175 papers on particle physics, phase transitions and cosmology, as well as two books on particle physics and quantum cosmology. He has been awarded the Lomonosov prize of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, and he was a Morris Loeb lecturer at Harvard University.