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  1. Wreybies

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor

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    According to Stephen Hawking, black holes as we currently understand them do not exist.

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    The man can barely move a voluntary muscle and yet has the power to rustle the jimmies of the universe. He is Awesome. Not the quality, but the thing itself. :)
     
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    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    I saw him in person once when he was here in Seattle. I was amazed that there were several people out front of the venue with signs: "Tickets wanted". I felt very privileged.

    I think the black hole issue was briefly mentioned on the biographical documentary recently shown on Hawking. That was amazing as well, the program focused on his life more than his work.

    Seems to me he said something like the event horizon was different than previously thought, but it wasn't that the super-dense material of collapsed matter didn't exist.

    Ah, looking at the link, I see my memory was correct.
     
  3. thirdwind

    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

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    Looks like everything I read in A Brief History of Time is wrong. I patiently await the sequel, Mr. Hawking.
     
  4. Alesia

    Alesia Pen names: AJ Connor, Carey Connolly Contributor

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    So, the Earth is not going to be sucked into a black hole? That's a load off my mind. I'm going to sleep now, have a good night all. :)
     
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    Andrae Smith Gone exploring... in the inner realm... Contributor

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    God these guys thing on a whole other level...
     
  6. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    i'm not at all surprised, since i have always taken the claim that they do with a full box of morton's... if anyone can be relied upon for educated guesses in such matters, hawking is 'the one'!... wish we could have seen him and einstein chatting about it all...
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Alive in the Superunknown

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    Hawking's a badass, no doubt about it.
     
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    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor

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    This is a Truth! ;)
     
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  9. AJC

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    Hawking could be wrong about this, too. Some astrophysicists have argued that the firewall paradox isn't a paradox at all. At this point, pretty much anyone could be right.
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    and everyone could be way wrong!
     
  11. thirdwind

    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

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    Came across this poem today and thought this would be the best place to share it.
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    bravo, walt!

    and you, tw, for posting this bit of wisdom that perfectly presents my pov on the issue of "known facts" and "experts'" theories about the universe...
     
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    Jack Asher Wildly experimental Contributor

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    SOLVED! Sort of. It relies on the theory of The Big Bounce, which I had understood was widely discredited.
     
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    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

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    I don't think that theory has been discredited because I'm pretty sure @AJC supports it. Maybe he can clarify.
     
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    Does dark matter still exist? Oh wait, is that only a comic book idea?
     
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    Fav Whitman :)
     
  17. AJC

    AJC Active Member

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    The theory mentioned in the article is different from the original cyclic theory from the middle of the 20th century. The latter has been tossed.

    That's a good poem by the way. I've never read Walt Whitman before.
     
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    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

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    New evidence for the Big Bang and for inflation in particular. Gravitational waves have been detected, though there are still some skeptics out there because the results could be interpreted in different ways.
     
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    This is interesting news indeed. I'm most excited about the possible detection of gravitational waves, but it still needs to go through the peer review process. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
     
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    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

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    Peer review process? I thought money dictates which results are correct and which ones aren't. :p
     
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    This sometimes does happen, which is unfortunate to say the least. I've seen this happen for studies involving nicotine, cell phones, and climate change. This sort of thing doesn't happen in theoretical physics, however. I don't think there's any money to be made over the fact that space is stringy over loopy, or vice versa. :p
     

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