22 July 2004

Hawking speaks

Yesderday, Stephen Hawking presented his theory [NYT] that black holes return information to the universe. I spoke about it earlier and glossed some notes from Brian Greene's first book.

From the article, one physicist in the audience is quoted complaining that Part of the problem is he's providing so few details, so it's impossible to know whether we can believe these calculations. Stephen Hawking's not stupid, so we're going to take what he says seriously ... but the whole theory we're hearing seems extremely speculative.

I guess we wouldn't understand the details even if he provided them. It would've been nice to be asked though.

/. has a discussion on the news.

[ posted by sstrader on 22 July 2004 at 1:17:09 PM in Science & Technology ]