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Subject: Re: OT: Big number to annoy Kazim with Date: 6/7/2001 2:14 PM
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Well, Penrose is not just anybody. I am willing to rely on Penrose's authority and take seriously his claim that it has something to do with the real workings of the universe. I would think that you would have at least a little respect for the man who discovered black holes.

Penrose did not "discover" black holes. Granted, he did a lot of work on the theory of black holes, and coined (I think) the term, but he did not discover any black holes. In fact, there still has not been a black hole discovered. There have been several things observed, which fit the theory of black holes, but there is no conclusive evidence.

Here's a thought puzzle for you. Suppose that Penrose and Darwin were alive at the same time. Suppose further that Darwin claimed that black holes were impossible, because they were too unlikely. Would you then say that Penrose was wrong, because Darwin said so? After all, Darwin "discovered" evolution.

I suspect that if you were to poll physicists and biologists, you would find more physicists that don't believe in black holes than biologists who don't believe in evolution.

David
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