Has Stephen Hawking Found a Way to Escape Black Holes?

Professor Stephen Hawking has proposed a new solution for how information might be able to escape a black hole. The problem has confounded physicists for decades; quantum mechanics says when objects fall beyond the event horizon -- the boundary where even light cannot escape from a gravity well -- the information about that object must survive, but general relativity says that it must be destroyed. 

Known as the information paradox, it is one of the central mysteries of modern physics and its solution could potentially hold the key to reconciling the physics of the very small (quantum) with that of the very large (relativity). Now Hawking thinks he has a solution: the information about objects falling into black holes can escape because it doesn't actually make it inside.

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