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Field notes from space-time | We’re only just grasping how cosmic black holes and Einstein’s theories relate – and that deepens our sense of wonder, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
4 September 2019
EARLY one Saturday when I was 10, my mother dragged me across Los Angeles to see, of all things, a documentary. It was Errol Morris’s A Brief History of Time, about Stephen Hawking’s life and work. As Hawking discussed the “singularities” at the centre of black holes, I was stunned to learn that there was something Albert Einstein had been unable to resolve. That black hole captured me for life.
Black holes gain form in Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which proposes that space and time are unified into a space-time curved by the presence of massive objects. …