The Hawking Paradox

Stephen Hawking is the most famous scientist on the planet. His popular science book A Brief History of Time was a publishing sensation, staying at the top of the bestseller lists longer than any other book in recent history. But behind the public face lies an argument that has been raging for almost 30 years.

Hawking shot to fame in the world of physics when he provided a mathematical proof for the Big Bang theory. This theory showed that the entire universe exploded from a singularity, an infinitely small point with infinite density and infinite gravity. Hawking was able to come to his proof using mathematical techniques that had been developed by Roger Penrose. These techniques were however developed to deal not with the beginning of the Universe but with black holes.

Science had long predicted that if a sufficiently large star collapsed at the end of its life, all the matter left in the star would be crushed into an infinitely small point with infinite gravity and infinite density – a singularity. Hawking realized that the Universe was, in effect, a black hole in reverse.

Instead of matter being crushed into a singularity, the Universe began when a singularity expanded to form everything we see around us today, from stars to planets to people. Hawking realized that to come to a complete understanding of the Universe he would have to unravel the mysteries of the black hole.

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  • I haven’t watched the documentary yet but the caption alone begs the question, “Is it possible that our universe could be seen as nothing more than a star, in a larger universe, that went super nova?”

    • Hrodberth

      All these black holes in the universe going about eating up all the information – its like real life Langoliers 😉

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  • slx5c

    I respect Mr. Hawking, and I am glad to see someone be daring enough to admit to multiple Universes; however, I strongly disagree that a Universe with No Black Holes cancels out the Information of a Universe with Black Holes; I believe that there is no such thing as a Universe without Black Holes. My unprofessional opinion is that there are basic things that make Universes; such as, Mass, Gravity, Energy; etc… however, it is at the point of Singularity in which the newly created Universe begins of its own Information of Space-Time, and that which becomes with that Universe which is a Universe with its own Individuality; such as, a type of Osmosis that pertains to the basic functions that makes a universe A Universe with Its Own Individuality. For example; Mr. Hawking wrote a book on The Planet Earth, and the galaxy in which the book was written was pulled into a Black Hole; the new Universe will have the basic codes that make a Universe, and it will have the Mathematical Codes of Randomness, but the New Universe will have its own Individuality; thus, there will be No Mr. Hawking; therefore, there will be no book; yet, an Intelligent Species in the New Universe will come up with a book that is also trying to explain Black Holes. What I am about to say is very wordy, so read it slow and read it a couple of times: *****Everything that has come into existence, or that will come into existence will have its own individual place in space-time; even the leaves on a tree may appear the same, but they have a place of Individuality in space-time of their own Universe, and of multiple Universes from the Universe itself in which the Individuality of the Tree existed. Ouch, very wordy.***** Thus, so it be with Universes as well; that being, they exist as Individuals without any sort of an Exact Twin; even from a Universe in which they derived from; such as, the example given about the tree. The Energy of “Individuality” seems to be the Common Factor of existence when studying a Universe, or Universes, and that which makes it an Individual with NO TWIN; yet, other Universes exist under the same Common Factor of INDIVIDUALITY! Therefore, at some point all Information is lost of the old Universe when forming a New Universe; Except, for the basic codes that make a Universe A Universe, and the Energy of Individuality that makes that Universe different in that there will Never be an Exact Twin! NEVER! EYE 5