Whether this is enough to save physics, let alone a person falling into a black hole, is what Dr.
Hawking was working on in the years before he died.“When I wrote my paper 40 years ago, I thought the information would pass into another universe,” he told me at the Harvard conference.
So the fountain of matter and energy exiting a black hole would be random, Dr. If you fell into one and came back out, you would lack all the details that had made you: male or female, blue eyes or brown, Yankee fan or Red Sox fan.
The equation describing that fate is inscribed on Dr. The “information paradox,” as it is known, remained at the center of physics because nobody, not even Dr.
Somewhere along the way we’ve all made some sort of accommodation with the idea that our personal timelines will come to an end, but we take some comfort in knowing that we will be remembered, and that our genes and books and names will carry on.
Last year’s Pixar/Disney movie “Coco,” which I happened to watch with my daughter recently, tells the story of a young Mexican boy who visits the Land of the Dead to find an ancestor who can help him in his quest to become a musician.
Every other detail about what falls into a black hole disappears from the universe’s memory banks.
A black hole has no complications — no hair — the saying went.
In his recent, posthumous report, which drew a flurry of press, Dr. Strominger as well as Malcolm Perry and Sasha Haco of Cambridge University. Strominger is hopeful that physicists one day will be able to understand black holes just by reading what is written in this soft hair.“We didn’t prove it,” he said in an email.
Hawking and his colleagues endeavored to show how this optimistic idea could work. But, he added, they did succeed in showing how all the pieces could fit together: “If our guess is right, this paper will be of central importance.