However, physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed a new theory about black holes that suggests they not be as all-powerful as we once thought, although you still would never want fly into one. Stephen Hawking announced during a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday that he has potentially solved the Information Paradox. One thing astrophysicists have been debating for decades is exactly what happens to objects when they fall into a black hole.
- The paradox a conflict between the quantum mechanics and general relativity models that has vexed physicists for more than four decades.
- Hawking, however, has figured out a way to resolve this seeming paradox: He doesn’t think matter ever actually enters a black hole but instead stays in the event horizon that surrounds the perimeter of the black hole.
- Basically, Hawking argues that the information about particles sucked into the hole sit on the surface of the event horizon as holograms (2D afterimages of a 3D object).