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Black holes as only two dimensions?

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An intriguing idea is introduced by Neel S. Patel at Inverse:

The strangest thing about a black hole is that its edge, known as the event horizon, can’t be observed on account of light not being able to escape the gravitational pull. Physicists don’t really understand how an object just falls into the black hole there’s really no “in.” Everything just gets trapped in the dense gravitational flux of the surface.

German physicists at the Max Planck Institute for Theoretical Physics have now created a new estimate of the amount entropy contained with a black hole — and that value suggests black holes are indeed two dimensions and not three.

“We were able to use a more complete and richer model compared with what [has been] done in the past …and obtain a far more realistic and robust result,” lead study author Daniele Pranzetti said in a news release. More.

Patel admits this probably isn’t the answer but when one is really baffled, thinking outside the box a bit is a good exercise.

See also: Are black holes real? asks Nova

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2 Replies to “Black holes as only two dimensions?

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    jcfrk101 says:

    Love the colorful imagery, “thinking outside the box…” LOL

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    john_a_designer says:

    I can’t quite conceptualize how a black hole existing in three dimensional space can be two dimensional. However, I can conceptualize, using my limited knowledge of Special and General Relativity, that our universe is inside out. The concept is really quite simple. Go out on a starry night and look up. Any star you look at is in a sense back in time. Distant galaxies, invisible except to the biggest and best telescopes, are even further back. But back in time is towards the beginning, toward the center, if the universe indeed has a center. So when we look up and out, from our vantage point, we are really looking back and in towards the universe’s beginning and towards its center. Therefore, we live in a universe that is inside out.

    Of course you may think you can get around this by appealing to c (the speed of light). In other words, the stars we can see with our naked eyes only appear to be in the past, because of the time it took for their light to reach us. Yes it’s true that when we see the light from a star we are only seeing the star as it appeared in the past but time has not stood still for those stars, so they are not really back in time. However, that is only true (in a relative sense) for the stars and galaxies that are close to us. For more distant galaxies the time dilation that was predicted by Special Relativity takes effect. Therefore, it can be said that for very distant galaxies that less time has passed. For the first subatomic particles created by the ”big bang” which are travelling at velocities very close to c, time is even more dilated, so even less time has passed since the creation of the universe. Now where are these distant galaxies and particles located? Anywhere you happen to look in the night sky. Since they are closer to the beginning than we are that is the direction toward the beginning. So when we look out we are actually looking in. That’s inside out, isn’t it? Are we located towards the outside? Is there an outside?

    Is my reasoning here correct? If you don’t think so tell me where I am wrong.

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