Yesterday’s article, Take Your Hawking to School Day, reminded me of this article I wrote back in 2014 about black holes being disproved by a theoretical physicist like Hawking. She solved a fifty year old paradox in black hole theory, and, to her own shock, proved black holes can’t exist! Maybe the kid, Maillis, is on to something!
I had thought black holes were a certainty. I thought I’d read or heard that they have been observed, directly and visibly through the Hubble Space Telescope or indirectly by way of radio telescopes.
Apparently, I was mistaken. Apparently, black holes may not exist after all. I would also like to point out that this possibility is not the declaration of a Christian going after the world of physics, a Christian who could be accused of having an agenda. This is a scientist at a state university who did the math and discovered to her own great surprise that black holes may have been a figment of our collective imagination – a wrong interpretation of data from countless observations and measurements. As the author of The Exodus Case, Dr. Lennart Moller of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden observed, “There are never incorrect results. Only incorrect interpretations.”
This is the work of Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences. From Wikipedia:
“Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton is an Albanian cosmologist and theoretical physicist, and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a proponent of the multiverse theory which holds that our universe is one of many. She argues that anomalies in the current structure of the universe are best explained as the gravitational tug exerted by other universes.
Mersini-Houghton received her B.S. degree from the University of Tirana, Albania, and her M.Sc. from the University of Maryland. She was awarded a Ph.D. in 2000 by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After earning her doctorate, Mersini-Houghton was a postdoctoral fellow at the Italian Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa from 2000 to 2002. In 2002 she had a postdoctoral fellowship for two years at Syracuse University. She accepted a job as faculty at University of North Carolina, and in January 2004, she started as assistant professor of theoretical physics and cosmology at UNC and was granted tenure in 2008.”
I also wondered exactly what cosmology is, so I found the following, also from Wikipedia:
“Cosmology (from the Greek κόσμος, kosmos “world” and -λογία, -logia “study of”), is the study of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe.”
So we have a tenured professor at a state school, who I would guess is not a Christian, coming out with information that says black holes may be nonsense after all. She’s got degrees from American and European colleges and universities and earned a post-doctoral fellowship in Italy. My guess as to her not being a Christian is based on her pursuit of cosmology. Spoiler alert: Jesus comes back, believers go to heaven, non-believers, regrettably, go to hell, and there’s your eternity, sport fans.
Is this a good place to say it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out?
My overall point – and there is one – is that this isn’t someone secular folks could call a crazy Christian with an agenda. Nope. She’s one of them.
According to the article in the London Daily Mail:
“A scientist has sensationally said that it is impossible for black holes to exist – and she even has mathematical proof to back up her claims.”
She also says she can confirm Stephen Hawking’s theory that stars, as they die, release a type of radiation known as Hawking radiation, which Hawking predicted. This introduces the information paradox. If black holes suck everything in and crush it into infinity, but quantum theory says no matter and information can ever disappear from the universe, we have the paradox.
Mersini-Houghton says that black holes, at least as we now know them, cannot exist. Far from running around yelling, “Eureka!”, she claims to be in shock over the results of her work. She doesn’t seem to have been expecting this result, especially since it’s a problem that’s been wrestled with by theoretical physicists for fifty years. I doubt she even expected to be the one to find a solution, let alone one that crushed black hole theory like…a black hole. She says “the mathematics are conclusive.”
An interesting side bar to all of this is what it does to The Big Bang Theory, which states that the known universe started out as a singularity, a black hole, and then exploded and expanded into what we today call home. She’s created a problem for physicists everywhere:
Professor Mersini-Houghton’s new theory does manage to mathematically combine the two fundamental theories, but with unwanted effects for people expecting black holes to exist.
Oops! So there goes Deep Time and Evolution! We are back to creation and God.
Read the article for yourself: Black Holes Do NOT Exist and the Big Bang Theory is Wrong