Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Elephant and the Event Horizon

What happens when you throw an elephant into a black hole? It may sound like a sick joke, but it's a question that's been weighing heavily on physicist Leonard Susskind's mind. Susskind has been trying to save that elephant for decades. Now he has finally found a way to do it, and the consequences shake the foundations of what we thought we knew about space and time. If his calculations are correct, the elephant must be in more than one place at the same time. Susskind claims that nothing is what, or rather, where it seems. All this is more than just a mind-bending curiosity. It tells us something about the fundamental workings of the universe and could even lead us to a theory of everything.

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