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Has Stephen Hawking solved a black hole mystery?

Written on 2 Sep 2015 in Blog

The puzzle – Einstein predicted that the physical information absorbed by a black hole is destroyed but the laws of quantum mechanics specify that information is eternal.

Stephen Hawking, through his work at the University of Cambridge, may have solved the mystery.

During his speech on Tuesday 25 August at the Hawking Radiation Conference in Sweden, Hawking discussed his solution to the paradox stating that the physical information never actually enters the hole.

He commented: “I propose that the information is stored not in the interior of the black hole, as one might expect, but on its boundary.”

According to the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Hawking explained further in his speech that as black holes don’t swallow and destroy physical information, as previously stated, there is a possibility that black holes could actually be portals to other universes if the hole is large enough and rotating.

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