The Problem of Being Almost Consistent
The laws of quantum mechanics are pretty clear: information cannot be destroyed. But when Stephen Hawking showed that a black hole could evaporate into a spray of particles over time—the information that fell into it being lost forever—the subsequent paradox set many scientists on edge. With good reason, for a single inconsistency can unravel an entire mathematical model.
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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; Recorded June 2011; Posted September 2011