Is Stephen Hawking's Black Hole Math Still Considered

In summary, according to the physics community, theoretical physics is still considered speculative. However, there have been no measurements confirming that Hawking radiation exists, so it would still have to be considered speculative.
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Is Stephen Hawking's Black Hole Math still considered speculative physics by the physics community?
 
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Do you mean Hawking radiation? Since there are no measurements confirming that Hawking radiation exists, then I think it would have to still be considered speculative. Or perhaps "unconfirmed" is a better word.
 
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phyzguy said:
Do you mean Hawking radiation? Since there are no measurements confirming that Hawking radiation exists, then I think it would have to still be considered speculative. Or perhaps "unconfirmed" is a better word.

Thank you phyzguy, that is what I wanted to know. It is turning out that most of what we normal folks consider theoretical physics is actually considered speculative physics by the physics community and not true physics. I did pretty good in physics and math although I do admit that my degree is in the biological sciences. And when I was visiting Stanford U, back in the day, one of the physicist that I was talking to did explain to me that you can not talk to a physicist if you can not speak their language. So I guess as a novice of the language of physics that I seemed to have gotten the impression that theoretical physics was the best explanation that we have at any given point in time and that absolutely proven physics (predicable results every single time) was considered practical physics.

Thank you phyzguy for the word "unconfirmed", it is appreciated.
 
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JMS61 said:
absolutely proven physics.
Can you give me an example of absolutely proven physics?
 
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At what is generally considered the atmospheric pressure at sea level, distilled water freezes at 0 degrees centigrade every single time.

Predictable physics always requires a defined environmental range. If the environmental range is not properly defined, then predictability goes out the window. Which is why the language of physics can involve some very difficult math in it's attempt to define environmental range.
 
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phyzguy said:
Do you mean Hawking radiation? Since there are no measurements confirming that Hawking radiation exists, then I think it would have to still be considered speculative. Or perhaps "unconfirmed" is a better word.

The only analogue I know of was sonic... actually... there was recently a laser used for the same purpose; to create an event horizon. Still, even though the results looked good for HR... who knows if it will ever be possible to confirm or falsify anything like that.

Unless... Tell you what, in a few trillion years, let's meet here and see if those puppies are radiating? :wink:
 

1. Is Stephen Hawking's black hole math still considered accurate?

Yes, Stephen Hawking's black hole math is still considered accurate. His theories and equations have been extensively tested and have been used to make numerous predictions which have been confirmed through observation and experimentation.

2. How did Stephen Hawking contribute to our understanding of black holes?

Stephen Hawking made significant contributions to our understanding of black holes through his development of theoretical frameworks and equations that explained their behavior and properties. He also proposed the concept of Hawking radiation, which is the emission of particles from a black hole due to quantum effects.

3. Has Stephen Hawking's black hole math been proven?

Yes, Stephen Hawking's black hole math has been extensively tested and has been proven to accurately describe the behavior of black holes. However, there are still ongoing research and studies in the field of black hole physics to further refine and expand upon Hawking's theories.

4. Can Stephen Hawking's black hole math be applied to all types of black holes?

Yes, Stephen Hawking's black hole math can be applied to all types of black holes, including stellar-mass black holes, intermediate-mass black holes, and supermassive black holes. His equations have been used to study and understand various properties of these different types of black holes.

5. How has Stephen Hawking's black hole math influenced the field of physics?

Stephen Hawking's black hole math has had a profound impact on the field of physics. His theories have not only advanced our understanding of black holes but have also led to new insights into other areas of physics, such as quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and the nature of space and time. His work continues to inspire and influence current research in these fields.

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