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To: snarks_when_bored
Every week, New Scientist announces some breakthrough that overturns all of physics.

As for this stuff, I'm not expert enough to critique it, but my physics sense isn't getting the warm fuzzies. A black hole is a dead-simple geometric effect that pops out of General Relativity. It's really difficult to avoid having them, in fact. And while it's true that quantum mechanics isn't exactly comfortable with them, there's no way we'll know the correct reconciliation until we have a theory of quantum gravity in hand. Without that theory, I don't see how these gentlemen could have stumbled across the correct explanation.

And since they say that if we could study one close-up, the difference between a black hole and a "dark energy star" would be very subtle, I think I'm better off sticking with the simple, well-studied model instead of this abstruse one. (That's not to say they're wrong; just that their idea doesn't seem useful right now.)

37 posted on 03/10/2006 4:46:07 AM PST by Physicist
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To: Physicist

Yes, I take your point (follow the link to Motl's amusing critique of Chapline's work). I do think, though, that there's something to be said for encouraging a variety of approaches to fundamental questions. Just on principle.


39 posted on 03/10/2006 4:55:47 AM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: Physicist; Doctor Stochastic; snarks_when_bored
Every week, New Scientist announces some breakthrough that overturns all of physics.

While the UnDiscovery Institute's motto is "Teach the controversy"; the motto of the New Scientist seems to be "Preach the controversy"....

In the meanwhile, I'll just drop this article in my Ipcress File for safe keeping.....

47 posted on 03/10/2006 7:31:44 AM PST by longshadow (FReeper #405, entering his ninth year of ignoring nitwits, nutcases, and recycled newbies)
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