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Could a black hole possibly be a giant atom?

  1. Mar 7, 2009 #1
    It may sound stupid but is it possible that the force of gravity in a black hole is strong enough to nuclear fuse all of the atoms in a black hole? Im wont understand anything complex so try to keep it as simple as possible. (also, how do you calculate mass? I dont understand the equation for it so could you try to explain it with examples?)
     
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  3. Mar 8, 2009 #2

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    What happens inside a black hole is an open question. General relativity has everything collapsing to a single point (singularity). Quantum theory says such a thing can't happen. Maybe string theory or some other unified theory will resolve this contradiction, but as of now, no one knows for sure.
     
  4. Mar 8, 2009 #3
    Nuclear fusing all the atoms will form a neutron star. Such things exist and they are stable, although they are nothing like atoms. Black holes go far beyond that.
     
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