Public communications piece from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Laura Mersini-Houghton’s recent announcements (previously reported Bang Goes The Big Bang here):
“Physicists have been trying to merge these two theories â” Einsteinâs theory of gravity and quantum mechanics â” for decades, but this scenario brings these two theories together, into harmony,” said Mersini-Houghton. “And thatâs a big deal.”
And it does that by dispensing with black holes and singularities (and consequent inflation and dark-matter and dark-energy and many-worlds multi-verses), all the way back to the big bang. Stripping out the hacks and returning to (classical) common sense. (Hat tip to Rick on FB again- trawling the web for big-bang updates.)
That’s a big deal.
[Post Note : Obviously there are honestly sceptical responses to Mersini-Houghton, but so far no direct refutation, and I did notice one reference to Stephen Hawking having now agreed with her, over the non-existence of black-holes as singularities anyway. Need to collate other links.]
[Post Note : Oh, and how timely.]
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Another brilliant woman physicist has not yet decided. See today’s blog post by the provocative and ever fascinating Sabine Hossenfelder: http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2014/09/black-holes-declared-non-existent-again.html
Interesting, though this is a technical response to the specific calculations. It will take a while before everyone is convinced – 80 years I reckon – but no doubt the hacks and fudges in the “standard model” are having all credibility undermined enough for people to look rather than defend. (ie science instead of politics)
I should add, Sabine Hossenfelder, seems to be very active on Facebook and Twitter – people keep sending me posts from her.