I’m a big Monty Python fan and an astrophysicist. But you don’t have to be either to love this:
I was flabbergasted to read an International Weekly Journal of Science article, titled There are no black holes where they make the ludicrous claim that Stephen Hawkins suddenly has devastated the idea of what a black hole really is.
Most physicists foolhardy enough to write a paper claiming that “there are no black holes” — at least not in the sense we usually imagine — would probably be dismissed as cranks. But when the call to redefine these cosmic crunchers comes from Stephen Hawking, it’s worth taking notice. In a paper posted online, the physicist, based at the University of Cambridge, UK, and one of the creators of modern black-hole theory, does away with the notion of an event horizon, the invisible boundary thought to shroud every black hole, beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape.
In its stead, Hawking’s radical proposal is a much more benign “apparent horizon”, which only temporarily holds matter and energy prisoner before eventually releasing them, albeit in a more garbled form.
“There is no escape from a black hole in classical theory,” Hawking told Nature. Quantum theory, however, “enables energy and information to escape from a black hole”. A full explanation of the process, the physicist admits, would require a theory that successfully merges gravity with the other fundamental forces of nature. But that is a goal that has eluded physicists for nearly a century. “The correct treatment,” Hawking says, “remains a mystery.”
WTF? This is not new. Was this reporter a “Womyn Studies” or some other such non science degree major? Because she seems dumber than a stump claiming this is somehow new. Hawkins even made it clear, the belief nothing escapes a black hole – and we are not talking about what rappers would refer to as black hos – is rooted in classical or Newtonian mechanics. Quantum mechanics had postulated since the late 70s that the whole phenomenon of an event horizon where matter just disappears from existence, is very likely to be totally wrong, since it would violate/contradict several laws, and create a paradox. Now they act like Hawking’s not been saying that the event horizon of a black hole is far more complicated and undefined is something new.
Must be a slow news week or something.