Stephen Hawking’s New Theory is out of this world!


Håkan Lindgren


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Forty years ago, professor Stephen Hawking proposed a theory known as the “Black Hole Information Paradox;” however, on Aug. 25, at the KTH Royal institute of Technology in Sweden, Hawking proposed a new idea negating his former theory.

The principle of Hawking’s “Black Hole Information Paradox” suggests that any physical information that enters a black hole can permanently vanish and then evaporate – essentially leaving nothing.

As of now, Hawking has changed his mind, going against his own theory and also creating  conflict with the laws of quantum mechanics and the theory of general relativity. His idea was kind of a stretch considering there was lack of evidence to support his theory, but there is an insane possibility he might be onto something.

“I propose that the information is stored not on the interior of the black hole, as one might expect, but on the event horizon,” Hawking said during a conference.

The event horizon is a theoretical boundary around a black hole beyond which no light or other radiation is able to escape. What Hawking is suggesting now is that the event horizon is capable of storing three dimensional information into its two dimensional holograms referred to as super translations.

What makes the event horizon capable of storing information is another theory from Hawking’s past, known as “Hawking Radiation.” This explains that the black holes give off energy, which is created very close to the event horizon. The relation this has to his latest theory is that this energy is what is able to pick up information that has been stored on the event horizon from particles or objects that might have fallen in.

While I believe Hawking’s idea is absolutely brilliant and insane, he claims that black holes are now able to obtain information forever, which does still argue with the laws of quantum mechanics. I don’t think this makes Hawking’s theory wrong, simply because there is no way to actually investigate black holes and know for sure what happens to the information that enters a black hole.

The fate of the objects and particles that have fallen into black holes remains unknown. But, Hawking also mentioned that there is a possibility that the lost information could come out in another universe.

“The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted,” Hawking said. “They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought.”