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Re: starship-design: Black holes: a mystery
On Mon, 21 Jul 1997 14:22:50 -0700 kyle <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>Ken Wharton sent me this puzzle awhile back, and I haven't figured it
>out yet. Perhaps some of you have ideas?
>It's a well-established idea in physics that there's no such thing as
>at-a-distance. All forces are intermediated by particles.
>is passed around by photons, gravity is transmitted with gravity waves
>So what happens when you're just outside of a black hole's event
>Something is pulling you toward the black hole, very powerfully, but
>If gravitons are emerging from the black hole to pull you in, then
>must be travelling faster than light; not even light can escape a
>hole. So how can gravitons escape??
>The traditional answer might say that these gravitons are "virtual",
>they can travel faster than light, but that merely passes on the
>question of what
>a virtual graviton (or photon) really is. Does it exist? If so, how
>travel FTL? Does it transmit information FTL? If not, why not?
Well, I'm no physicist, but here is my two cents worth. If you model
space-time as a compressible fluid, and the presence mass causes this
fluid to compress, then you need no transmission, or, put it another way,
space-time itself is the transmitter. This is pure hypothesis, and I
have no details yet on how well this model works. I'll post them when I
finish with them.