Stephen Hawking discovers new theory on black holes

Stephen Hawking suggests that black holes store information rather than destroy it

Jason Spencer | Aug 29, 2015

Ever since the theory was presented, black holes have been a mystery to humans. One brilliant man may have just cracked the code.

Steven Hawking has solved his own paradox about the nature of black holes. Working with Professor Malcom Perry of Cambridge and Professor Andrew Stromberg of Harvard, he set out to look further into the nature of black holes, which defied the rule of quantum mechanics in which information should never entirely disappear.

According to the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Hawking's recent discovery suggests that black holes don't swallow and destroy information. Instead, Hawking proposed that information is stored in a two-dimensional hologram.

"The information is not stored in the interior of the black hole as one might expect, but in its boundary the event horizon," he said.

He even suggested that black holes could suck in their victims and then spit them out in another universe.

"The existence of alternative histories with black holes suggests this might be possible," Hawking said at a gathering at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. "The hole would need to be large and if it was rotating it might have a passage to another universe. But you couldn't come back to our universe.

Black holes are formed when large stars collapse, and use gravity to pull in matter and radiation. According to HubbleSite, black holes were first called invisible stars in the 1790s. HubbleSite also comments that Einstein's theory of general relativity predicted the existence of black holes, though the term we used today wasn't put into use until 1967.

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