Re: That Black-Hole Space-time curvature thing

Damien Broderick (
Mon, 15 Sep 1997 15:17:16 +0000

[ is still bouncing my posts; hope this doesn't jolt
in twice]

At 02:07 AM 9/14/97 -0500, Eli wrote:

>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.

Maybe not. The really interesting thing is what happens to the
membrane-strings that underlie quarks and leptons. Last I heard, in a
recent *New Scientist* article, they get stretched and spun and woven into
a kind of information-rich net on the surface of the black hole. (What
`surface'? The event horizon? And don't they fall into the singularity?
Sorry, you'll have to check with Kip Thorne or someone at the work bench.)
Weird shit - but delightful, in its way.

Damien Broderick