Re: wormholes

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 16:32:36 -0800 (PST)

> But how can we tell if a mathematical point is rotating or not? If we can't
> tell, then there's no way to know if it's rotating fast enough. I don't know
> much beyond this, but the fact that normal BH's can rotate (or even do rotate)
> doesn't mean this "can't be enough" to form a ring singularity. I brought this
> up because it seems like ring singularities would pretty useful things for
> understanding more about gravity wells and possibly wormholes.

We can't yet say they "do" rotate or anything else, because we can't
yet say they in fact exist; black holes, though they are on the old
conventional well-accepted end of speculation, are still speculation.
In all cases, though, they are not a "mathematical point" as you
describe. They have mass, charge, and angular momentum. In this
"normal" configuration, the singlularity is a point at the center of
the spherical mass. In this state, rotation is not sufficient to
produce any of the truly bizarre spatio-temporal effects claimed of
toroidial ones. There is also, of course, no model even in the realm
of speculation for any process that might create a toroidial or other
non-ideal black hole.

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