Has Stephen Hawking Just Solved a Huge Black-Hole Mystery?

Sep 2, 2015

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By Mike Wall

Stephen Hawking may have just solved one of the most vexing mysteries in physics — the “information paradox.”

Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts that the physical information about material gobbled up by a black hole is destroyed, but the laws of quantum mechanics stipulate that information is eternal. Therein lies the paradox.

Hawking — working with Malcolm Perry, of the University of Cambridge in England, and Harvard University’s Andrew Stromberg — has come up with a possible solution: The quantum-mechanical information about infalling particles doesn’t actually make it inside the black hole.


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