December 10, 2012

How to Split a Black Hole

Johannes Koelman, Science 2.0

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Ask a physicist how to split a black hole, and you will receive the reply "That's impossible". Ask for further clarification, and you will get a lecture on black hole thermodynamics.

The argument against the splitting of a black hole is elegant in its simplicity. It is based on a geometrical interpretation of black hole thermodynamic properties such as black hole energy and black hole entropy.

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TAGGED: Thermodynamics, Physics, Black Holes


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