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December 13 2012

Black holes resemble both liquids and solids


In a new twist to string theory, scientists are suggesting that black holes have properties that resemble the dynamics of both solids and liquids.

Niels Obers, a professor of theoretical particle physics and cosmology at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, says that a black hole can be looked at like a particle. A particle has in principle no dimensions. If you give it an extra dimension, it becomes a string; and adding another dimension turns it into a plane, known as a 'brane'.

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