What was Stephen Hawking talking about when he said there are no black holes? Here’s an explanation for the non-scientist.
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In 2013, the media picked up a technical presentation by Stephen Hawking in which he stated that “There are no black holes.” That’s a curious viewpoint from someone who spent much of his career working out the physics of black holes. Unfortunately, the rest of Hawking’s presentation was too technical for the media to touch, leaving the general public in need of new mental images to replace all those missing black holes. This paper is an informal discussion of the technical parts of Hawking’s paper without undue jargon and math.