Weird Science

I was again doing research for my upcoming novel and trying to think of clever book titles when I came across a concept I’d never heard of before.  I think most people who’d seen at least an episode of Star Trek or picked up a science fiction book would be familiar with the term “black hole.”  But I never realized there were such things as “white holes.”

Consider the possibilities.

The theory of relativity states that the gravitational pull inside a black hole is so great that an object would have to travel faster than the speed of light to escape the black hole.  And since there is nothing that can travel faster than the speed of light, nothing can escape.  The point at which the pull inside the black hole becomes so great that an “escape velocity,” exceeds the speed of light, is called the event horizon.  So there are some nice new vocabulary words that I learned while doing research.  Actually I likely learned all this stuff in high school but just don’t remember it.


A white hole is the opposite of a black hole because it has no entry point but is constantly ejecting matter.  It may be possible for a traveler to enter a rotating black hole, avoid singularity (the center of the black hole), and travel into a rotating white hole, which would allow escape from the black hole and dump the traveler into another universe.  Ah.  My head hurts just thinking about this stuff.

I started to wonder if there was anything that could possibly travel faster than the speed of light, which is approximately 186,000 miles per second.  I came upon an article from The Telegraph with tomorrows date on it that talked about two German scientists that claim to have broken the speed of light.  The part where they actually explain what they did that proved they broke the speed of light, is a little confusing.  I wish the article were longer.

Thinking about traveling so fast that you arrive somewhere before you’ve left, is mind-boggling.  It also gets me way off the subject and I realized I was now traveling head first into a black hole of a sci-fi novel at the speed of light.   The thing I like most about doing my homework is the also the part that hampers me.  I do learn new things but I also get way off course.