Stephen Hawking: Does Theory About Black Holes Hold Water?

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Stephen Hawking set the scientific world aflame last month when he announced that he could have possible solved the mystery of what happens to matter when it gets sucked into a black hole.

Stephen Hawking proposed that all may not be lost if one is sucked into a black hole. In fact, he said you could possibly land in another universe much like, or very different than, our own.

As interesting as Stephen Hawking's theory is, he isn't going to be the guinea pig.

He said, "The hole would need to be large and if it was rotating it might have a passage to another universe. But you couldn't come back to our universe."

He added, "So, although I'm keen on space flight, I'm not going to try that."

For those of us that may not be science junkies, Dr. Don Lincoln explained Stephen Hawking's theory in this way, "He is countering the claim that the black hole gobbles and destroys the information by positing that the information never actually falls into the black hole. Instead, the information is held on the black hole's surface -- the event horizon."

He added, "This is an intriguing thought and is analogous to how holograms are made. Holograms are two-dimensional sheets of, for example, plastic that can make three-dimensional images. All of the information of three dimensions is encoded in the two dimensional plastic."

Intersting stuff! But, does the theory of one of the world's most famous scientists hold water?

Well, it seems we will have to wait for Hawking's paper on the subject, on which he is collaborating with Malcolm Perry of Cambridge University and Andrew Strominger of Harvard University.

That will be the next step in what Lincoln deemed a "very long journey."

Are you a theoretical physics enthusiast? What do you think of this new theory proposed by Stephen Hawking that takes a swipe at all we were taught in high school about the notorious black holes?

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.