Black Hole, Is Dead at 96

The New York Times / John A. Wheeler at Princeton University in 1967.

We all talk about black holes today. My homework was swallowed up by a black hole…

One particular aspect of Einstein’s theory got Dr. Wheeler’s attention. In 1939, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who would later be a leader in the Manhattan Project, and a student, Hartland Snyder, suggested that Einstein’s equations had made an apocalyptic prediction. A dead star of sufficient mass could collapse into a heap so dense that light could not even escape from it. The star would collapse forever while spacetime wrapped around it like a dark cloak. At the center, space would be infinitely curved and matter infinitely dense, an apparent absurdity known as a singularity. – from The New York Times

The black hole “teaches us that space can be crumpled like a piece of paper into an infinitesimal dot, that time can be extinguished like a blown-out flame, and that the laws of physics that we regard as ‘sacred,’ as immutable, are anything but,” he wrote in his 1999 autobiography, “Geons, Black Holes & Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics.” (Its co-author is Kenneth Ford, a former student and a retired director of the American Institute of Physics.)

John A. Wheeler, Physicist Who Coined the Term ‘Black Hole,’ Is Dead at 96 – New York Times

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reflected in Chris Smith’s work


A few days ago Margaret was passing Daffy’s to find Chris in the window setting up a display of his sculptures. You can see a couple more shots at flickr. I decided I was’t concerned with what would be reflected in the glass. This image with Margaret nestled at the feet of the sculpture is a pleasant surprise. We love Chris’s work. Check it out at

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