Just a thought but..
If Einstein's theory of relativity breaks down in a black hole where it suggests that the curvature of space-time is infinite. This is seen as Einstein predicting his own downfall as it can't be infinite and has to be finite (or so I believe).
So will quantum gravity (if possible) is discovered will it alter Einstein's theory or will it be a completely new one showing that Einstein's theory was just a more accurate representation of gravity than Newton and not the actual theory and just a stepping stone to a unified final theory? Is quantum mechanics only another stepping stone to a yet more accurate theory. Or is this impossible to know until the said theory is discovered?
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Quantum Gravity and Einstein watch
- Thread Starter
- 31-03-2011 20:49
- 31-03-2011 20:53
There is a lot of frontline research on gravitational waves that is probably relevant in this case - I'm doing a module on it next year.
I think generally black holes are proposed to contain 'negative' energy, so the theory may break down in this context (inside the event horizon of the black hole).
Not sure if that's even close to answering your question, but I guess until a more concrete theory is put forward, the Einstein one will be assumed.