Stephen Hawking's New Theory Could Unveil The History Of The Universe
The world of physics is a mysterious one for people around the world but whether you have a deep understanding of it or not, the odds are that youve heard of Stephen Hawking.
The 74-year-old is always aiming to reshape the way we look at the universe, and he may have done it again with his newest theory which revolves around the idea that some things have the ability to escape a black hole, despite them being so extremely compressed.
For years the most common theory regarding the subject matter was that they have no distinctive features other than angular momentum, spin and mass. Hawking himself has previously suggested that they actually leak radiation before eventually disappearing altogether, however that would leave a vacuum that contradicts the hypothesis.
These recent revelations have been developed by Hawking, his colleague Malcolm Perry and Harvard theoretical physicist Andrew Strominger and they suggest that if you introduce a soft photon into the vacuum it has the ability to change the angular momentum of a black hole. To most of us this means absolutely nothing, so to put it in simpler terms this idea could provide evidence that there are ways to determine what forms a black hole and what could potentially have been sucked into it.
According to the scientific dream team, black holes have long strands of zero-energy that Hawking describe as hair which could explain their entire history. Even Strominger has come out and compared it to a hard drive that can store an endless amount of data.
Essentially, this is a very big deal. Black holes are found throughout the universe and this could mean we could read into them as easily as we do with anything else in everyday life.
Words by Harry Kettle.