Re: That Black-Hole Space-time curvature thing

Kennita Watson (
Sun, 14 Sep 1997 09:37:39 -0700

>> I spent all these years thinking that people who fell into a black
>> hole would be torn apart, when actually they would be crushed together!
>> This explanation is great!
>> Kennita (still dazzled by the light bulb going on over her head :-) )
Eli responds...
>Um, no. Actually, you would be simultaneously .... squeezed from one
>direction and torn apart from the other. Drop a bit
>of liquid into a black hole and it assumes an egg shape that rapidly becomes
>very long and thin, until it finally becomes a cone of atoms and quarks
>funneling into a point.

Ack! Blinded again!

Refinement -- an essential ingredient in understanding and science.

Do you want a hug too, Eli? ;-)


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