The Quantum Pontiff

Rumors have been spreading that Stephen Hawking might be considering moving to the Perimeter Institute. These rumors have been officially denied. The real story here, however is not about Hawking relocating, but whether Stephen Hawking has turned into an experimental physicist and is testing the black hole information paradox by throwing himself into the Blackberry hole. I mean, if Hawking can visit for one month, and then escape from the Perimeter Institute, then I think we can conclude that the unitarity of quantum theory is safe. However, if Hawking get’s sucked in, I myself will worry that information really is destroyed at the Perimeter Institute in a black hole.


  1. #1 Chris Granade
    July 17, 2008

    I’ve gotta ask: did you make that LOL pic yourself? It’s awesome. (BTW, the link to Perimiter’s site is broken in an amusing way.)

  2. #2 Dave
    July 17, 2008

    Fixed the Perimeter link, thanks.

    Yeah I made it myself. Nothing like a little LOL therapy to make me happy.

  3. #3 JohnQPublic
    July 17, 2008

    Wow, Perimeter Institute creates the acronym Pi! What are the odds?

  4. #4 Joe Fitzsimons
    July 17, 2008

    Perimeter -> Pi and funded partially by a RIM founder. The circle theme may not be entirely accidental.

  5. #5 Ian Durham
    July 18, 2008

    Now if he were able to come to PI for a bit and then return to Cambridge and make it seem as if he was never there to begin with, perhaps he will have solved the aforementioned paradox via a closed time-like curve…

  6. #6 JohnQPublic
    July 18, 2008

    Strange how the entropically (?) arranged words are still understandable.

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