For years scientists have been discussing how black holes actually function in our universe, coming up with different theories as to what could happen if you were to pass through one.
A new theory has been unveiled this week by the famous astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking, who says that passing through black hole may land you in a universe very similar to our own. This theory would serve as a proposed solution to a deeply fundamental paradox which has perplexed scientists and mathematicians for 40 years. The risk however is that you would not be able to come back to our own universe.
Hawking goes on to explain that black holes are not as black as they have been painted and are also not the absolute all-crushers that confine matter for eternity as was once thought. This is where his solution comes in.
The paradox states: when it comes to black holes, Einstein’s theory of relativity claims that information from particles passing through them would be destroyed. But the other just as equally important theory on quantum mechanics says that is impossible- information from the universe does not just simply vanish. Since the 1970’s, efforts to combine these two theories have become known as the information loss paradox.
A conference was held where founders of modern physics were assembled to hear out Hawking. He presented to about three dozen scientists.
Hawking’s theory is that the information is not passing through the black hole, but being stored on what is called it’s “event horizon” in a “super translation.” If we were to think of a black hole like a ball, we may describe the event horizon as its surface and the super translation as a picture painted on the surface by particles passing through. “The idea is the super translations are a hologram of the ingoing particles,” and “Thus they contain all the information that would otherwise be lost,” said Hawking.
As a result of all this, the information ends up in a “chaotic and useless form” as described by Hawking. This is appearing to be the most convincing theory to date.