Black holes turn into fuzzballs and destroy a thousand sci-fi plots

An artist's rendition of a black hole, based on Nasa research

An artist's impression of a spinning black hole with the event horizon as a smooth sphere. The reality may be more fuzzy. Photograph: Nasa/Reuters

Until today, the understanding I had of black holes was as a spherical “event horizon” with a singularity at the centre. The event horizon is the surface of no return – anything which goes past it can never escape. The singularity is where quantum gravity kicks in, and is very handy for evading the speed-of-light limit in science fiction plots, where it functions as a gateway to a wormhole which can take the protagonists wherever they need to be.

All this changed during a talk by Samir Mathur of Ohio State University just now, here at the Lepton Photon meeting in Mumbai. It’s all to do with entropy.

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