September 27, 2014

Back To The Drawing Board

Just when scientists think they have God on the run and everything fits their cute little mathematical models, science happens....
Black holes have long captured the public imagination and been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate unknown – the blackest and most dense objects in the universe that do not even let light escape. And as if they weren't bizarre enough to begin with, now add this to the mix: they don't exist.

By merging two seemingly conflicting theories, Laura Mersini-Houghton, a physics professor at UNC-Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences, has proven, mathematically, that black holes can never come into being in the first place. The work not only forces scientists to reimagine the fabric of space-time, but also rethink the origins of the universe.

"I'm still not over the shock," said Mersini-Houghton. "We've been studying this problem for a more than 50 years and this solution gives us a lot to think about."

[...]Many physicists and astronomers believe that our universe originated from a singularity that began expanding with the Big Bang. However, if singularities do not exist, then physicists have to rethink their ideas of the Big Bang and whether it ever happened.
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LL said...

So much for Hawking.

sig94 said...

LL - and it only took 50 years for them to find out they're full of crap.

Imagine how much more crap that they think they know they'll discover in the next 50...

Nexxxxxxt up - Dark Matter

Doom said...

I have doubted black holes for some time. The big bang, I think, is correct. Just not how they suggest it. They are looking at small when they should be looking at smaller. Never be amazed at the limits to a scientists imagination, which limits their efforts.

I have always considered Hawking to be an idiot. A drone, really. And not a good one.

Kid said...

Put me down for black holes existing. Black hole being a center point in a galaxy which exhibits massive gravity at the least. Ive always read where the laws of physics get tossed out as soon as you cross the event horizon of a black hole, so until someone comes up with whatever laws of physics black holes observe, I'm not too interested in entertaining ideas such as these.