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Black hole revolution: Was Stephen Hawking wrong?

Black hole revolution: Was Stephen Hawking wrong?

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Hawking and Penrose’s black hole theories may be disproven. Mathematician Roy Kerr puts forward a new and innovative thesis.

MUNICH – Scientists can now photograph the mysterious celestial bodies we know as black holes, but what goes on inside them remains hidden. However, two respected researchers, the brilliant Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics as recently as 2020, put forward a theory in the 1970s that describes the interior of these black holes. They talked about the so-called singularity at the center, the point at which gravity becomes infinite.

This assumption has now been challenged by New Zealand mathematician Roy Kerr, who has been researching black holes for many years. And in studying that On the advance print server arXiv publishedBut its authenticity has not yet been verified by experts, and he comments as follows: “Why do many believe that the star inside should become alone at this moment? Faith, not science! Sixty years without proof, and they are believers.”

Black hole singularity: Were Hawking and Penrose wrong?

Referring to Penrose and Hawking, Kerr wrote: “It has not been shown that a singularity is inevitable when an event horizon forms around a collapsing star.” Hawking and Penrose hypothesized that light rays in a black hole are finite and must end up in a singularity. However, Kerr now claims that this conclusion is flawed.

What happens inside a black hole? You can’t look inside. (Artist’s impression) © imago Images/YAY Images

Theoretical physicist Sabine Hosenfelder from the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy comments on Kerr’s statements In a job X: “This is perhaps the most surprising development in theoretical physics I have seen in a decade.” in the video “Kerr’s argument seems almost certainly mathematically correct,” she explains. “To the shame of many theoretical physicists, myself included, this argument is not even a particularly difficult one.”

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However, the question remains: Was Kerr right and Hawking and Penrose actually wrong? Hosenfelder puts it succinctly: “Just because the evidence contains an error does not mean the conclusion is wrong.” (unpaid bill)

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