March 24, 2005
At Least Now We Know What that Stuff in the X-Files was

I'm currently finishing up The Fabric of the Cosmos, in which a surprisingly large number of head-crunching cosmological theories are discussed in a lighthearted tone with small words and pretty pictures*. The latest disturbing thing I've run across in the book (well, I think... see the footnote below) is that, entropically speaking at least, black holes have a surface.

No, don't ask me to explain it, because I'll just sound even dumber than I already do (oh be quiet, I can too! ... Waitaminute...) Anyway now it would appear not only do they have a surface, they're also a liquid. At least in ten dimensions. I think. Gah... I'm going to go soak my head now...

* I'm an anthropology graduate specifically because I'm horrible at math. Horrible. Yet, in one of those great karmic ironies, I'm also fascinated with physics and astronomy. So, how to explain the universe's inner workings to someone with (in this field) a comprehension level slightly below that of a kumqwat? Lighthearted sentences, pretty pictures, and small words. Even then I've had to set the thing down and walk away a few times feeling like someone had just hit me over the head with bag of buckshot.

Posted by scott at March 24, 2005 10:47 AM

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and now I'm a bit more confused. It seems the liquid portion was referring to theoretical black holes, whilst the other is referring to real black holes. or are both applicable?

Posted by: ronaprhys on March 24, 2005 02:46 PM

Don't ask me man, just thinking about it makes my head feel like it's gonna asplode.

Posted by: scott on March 24, 2005 02:52 PM

My guess is this is something best discussed when there is some sort of adult libation involved...

Posted by: ronaprhys on March 24, 2005 02:55 PM

It makes sense to me. There should always be lubrication when dealing with the black hole.

..yes I am lowering the discussion value but someone had to say it.


You should read "Hypersapce" by Michio Kaku.

Posted by: Joshua on March 24, 2005 05:42 PM

well, a running start will do as well, but that's for another discussion as well.

Posted by: ron on March 24, 2005 07:17 PM
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