No Escape From Black Holes? Stephen Hawking Points to a Possible Exit

Jun 8, 2016

By Dennis Overbye

“A black hole has no hair.”

That mysterious, koan-like statement by the theorist and legendary phrasemaker John Archibald Wheeler of Princeton has stood for half a century as one of the brute pillars of modern physics.

It describes the ability of nature, according to classical gravitational equations, to obliterate most of the attributes and properties of anything that falls into a black hole, playing havoc with science’s ability to predict the future and tearing at our understanding of how the universe works.

Now it seems that statement might be wrong.


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