Physics’s Bousso Comments on Stephen Hawking Denial of Black Holes

January 27, 2014

[Nature] Berkeley Lab physicist Raphael Bousso weighs in on a recent paper by Stephen Hawking that has shaken the physics community by saying the theory that light cannot escape a black hole is flawed. Hawking argues: “The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes — in the sense of regimes from which light can’t escape to infinity.” Bousso, who was a student of Hawking’s, concedes that many physicists will find Hawking’s work “abhorrent,” but continues: “The idea that there are no points from which you cannot escape a black hole is in some ways an even more radical and problematic suggestion than the existence of firewalls.” More>

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