New study claims black holes are mathematically impossible

September 25, 2014 1:39 PM

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New study claims black holes are mathematically impossible

The question: Do black holes exist? is a more nuanced one than you might think. Most people, when they hear this question, interpret it to mean this: do stars really sometimes collapse in a huge stellar explosion, falling inward to become a much smaller, much denser object that does not radiate appreciable light of its own? The answer is, almost certainly, yes.

When physicists and astronomers ask this question, though, they mean it slightly differently: Is there such a thing as an object, regardless of its origin, which has all the properties assigned to a classical black hole? More and more, the answer seems to be no. Stephen Hawking himself, the co-fathe...

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