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Re: WHY???

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Posted by yanniru/">yanniru on June 30, 1999 12:30:41 UTC

: I find it strange that so many people have a genuine intrest in black holes. After all, we won't reach an actual black hole in our lifetime, or the next five lifetimes for that matter. When we actually reach the famed event horizon, we will be sucked into the blackhole and instantly destroyed. If we do travel through time or another dimention, all that will be left of us are the crushed atoms that you and the ship were made of. Sure, it's a great plot in science fiction stories, but has absolutly no affect on the real world. Please explain to me why this interest is so strong. : Keep in mind that this is a gentleman's opinion and needs no heated response. You can take it out elsewhere. A simple, kind explination from someone who knows what he's talking about (not a teen slacker)would be perfect.

Two reasons come to mind: One is that elementary particles appear to be limiting forms of black holes. Another is that the first real success of string theory was to derive the entropy of a black hole from first principles and it was identical to the Hawking formula. In addition, Smolin claims that our universe is optimized for the generation of black holes, which means that the production of baby universes as in Chaotic Inflation Theory, for instance, probably requires black holes to play the role of a womb. One more, black holes may contain the same kinds of energy that is postulated for the Big Bang. So black holes, cosmology, quantum gravity and string theory, the most exotic features of physics, are of interest to scientists and laymen.

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