A solution to the information paradox? We need the information first.

News blip:

Physicist Stephen Hawking made a splash this week when he announced that he had solved a vexing conundrum that had puzzled generations of leading physicists — including the 73-year-old scientific superstar himself — for the better part of a half-century.

During an eight-minute speech at a scientific meeting in Sweden, Hawking said that he had landed upon a solution for the so-called information paradox, a problem posed by black holes that rattles the very foundations of physics.

Source: Stephen Hawking says he’s solved a black hole mystery, but physicists await the proof

Physicists, as they do, need to see the calculations to see if it makes sense. A paper is forthcoming. But it’s not clear when.

  2 comments for “A solution to the information paradox? We need the information first.

  1. Tony
    August 27, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    “The information is trapped there as a hologram — a garbled, two-dimensional representation — and is theoretically, if not practically, retrievable.”

    It sounds like Professor Hawking may have also solved the physics behind how Jor-El and the Ruling Council were able to imprison General Zod and his fellow insurrectionists in the Phantom Zone. Here’s hoping that this information won’t fall into their dastardly clutches and the universe will be spared from another mediocre Superman sequel.

  2. David H
    August 27, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    If proven, this could have dire consequences for the very nature of reality itself.

    What happens if they manage to tap this information?
    Will we suddenly find ourselves buried under an avalanche of single socks which have vanished from the galaxy’s dryers over the millennia? And what of the sudden return of 14 billion years’ worth of lost ball-point pens?

    On the bright side, perhaps Information Retrieval can sort out that embarrassing business regarding Mr. Buttle.

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