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Posted by Joe Antognini on March 7, 2002 02:34:08 UTC

You guys probably haven't noticed I've been gone. Oh well.
Let me start back off with a little something to say: Please don't use the term suck! Nothing 'sucks' (well, in the 'scientific' sense). Objects aren't 'sucked' into a black hole, they fall into it. They simply take the shortest path along the curved space-time, which happens to be toward the black hole. Nothing 'sucks' (scientifically speaking). Now that that is cleared up, you basically said that you can't fall into a black hole because you would travel at a faster than light speed. Well, that is exactly the point of black holes. The speed you are travelling as you fall into a black hole at the event horizon is exactly light speed. You can do this because a black hole is not ordinary space time. The boundry (event horizon) prominently displays this by curving objects in at a faster than light speed. A black hole does not abide by the laws of the universe, and thus is literally not even part of the universe. You know what, I just thought of something. Don't criticize me too much about this as it is off the top of my head, but, if black holes shrink, and are not part of the universe, then isn't the black hole shrinking actually the expansion of the universe? I am most definately wrong, but there is that faint gnat of a hope that it could be correct- or at least lead to something correct. Opinions?
Oh, right- there can be 26 (although string theory also states that there can be as little as 10, though M-Theory (sort of like an extension of string theory) vouches for 11) dimensions because the other 21 are not extended as the first four- they are curled up into what is most likely Calabi-Yau space. That means that it is so small that strings can only encircle it, unravel, and continue forward on extended dimensions. That about covers it.

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