Back to main page
Black holes

The Cynic
http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/science/06/09/doom.predictions.reut/index.html

Was I asleep that day in physics class? How could a particle accelerator possibly create a black hole? I thought gravity was purely a function of mass, not of density. Two particles slammed together is still just two particles.


Responses

Stephen Hawking
Gravity is a function of mass and distance, which means that denser matter bends space more strongly. Thus, a star has a stronger gravity well than a nebula, even if the nebula has more total mass.



Seven of Nine
Unless it's a Mutara class nebula.



Stephen Hawking
There's no such thing.



Seven of Nine
And don't forget about Type III singularities.



Stephen Hawking
Stop making things up.



Seven of Nine
And Omega particles.



Stephen Hawking
SHUT UP SHUT UP!



Not the Ghost of Carl Sagan, since the existence of 'ghosts' cannot be proven scientifically.
I'd put the odds of the world ending in an apocalypse at near 100%, assuming you consider "being swallowed by the sun as it cools and expands into a red dwarf" an apocalypse.



Stephen Hawking
I do. My insurance doesn't cover envelopment by stellar matter.




Back to Archive Index


Images © their respective owners. Text © 1999-2003 The Conversatron. For entertainment purposes only.