Reading about some new findings from research on black holes, courtesy a renewed interest in astronomy last week. The fertility of conversations leave me awestruck at times.
This piece is prose and science communication in turns.
As detailed in a report published last week in Physical Review Letters, observers entering certain kinds of theoretical black holes wouldn’t necessarily be obliterated—or at least not in the way you’re probably imagining. Instead, an observer’s entrance into these black holes would destroy their past and potentially open up an infinite number of futures. They’d never emerge from the black hole to tell their tale, but that doesn’t really matter—they’d have no one from their past to return to anyway.
Whether singularities remain contested among physicists or not, the thought and possibilities with it is infinitely thrilling. Black holes for erasure!