this passage is from Paul Davies' the Last Three Minutes: I have a very difficult time believing and understanding this. Why would two quarks being in close proximity create a black hole? A nucleus is only 3 orders of magnitude larger than a quark which i like mount everest compared to a human so i would think that quarks would approach each other a lot more often than 10^45 years. Second, when this black hole occurs, what happens to the neighboring protons? Just what is this black hole made of? Quarks?