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Black Hole by Daniel Davidson

£ 39.00

"The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy." Steve Weinberg. Daniel considers the possible implications of quantum entanglement. A week or so after Captain Kirk sort of went into Space Daniel's shirt topically raises the issues confronted by the Starship Enterprise under the influence of faster than the speed of light, Warp factor 11, from Scotty. Entangled sub atomic particles apparently communicate with each other at speeds faster than the speed of light, indeed thousands of times faster than the speed of light. With this t shirt Daniel considers the possibility that black holes might interfere with time to the point of enabling travel within the norms of conventional time measurement. Are black holes, a solid matter free plasma of photons, electrons, neutrinos and their antiparticles, at billions of degrees K, reminiscent of the universe as it was before it exploded into the atomic solid matter we are sort of familiar with? Or are they worm holes into the Superstring Theory predicted 11th Dimension of Spacetime and Multiverses? We think we should be told. What is certain is that the first person to predict the existence of Black Holes was John Michell (25/12/1724-29/4/1793) a Rector of the Parish of Thornhill. He wrote to his old Cambridge College in 1783 speculating that if there were celestial bodies with a mass more than 500 times that of The Sun their escape velocity would be greater than that of the speed of light. This was around 150 years before Arthur Eddington proved Einstein's contention that light would be effected by gravity and more than 200 years before Roger Penrose was awarded the Nobel Prize (Feb 2021) for work on Black Holes he did with Stephen Hawking in the early '60s. Why don't we know more about the extraordinary Mr Michell?

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