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## Latest Articles

### Mathematicians Attempt to Glimpse Past the Big Bang

By studying the geometry of model space-times, researchers offer alternative views of the universe’s first moments.

### Can Information Escape a Black Hole?

Black holes are inescapable traps for most of what falls into them — but there can be exceptions. The theoretical physicist Leonard Susskind speaks with co-host Janna Levin about the black hole information paradox and how it has propelled modern physics.

### A Century Later, New Math Smooths Out General Relativity

Mathematicians prove a theorem that illuminates the geometry of universes with tiny amounts of mass.

### Math Proof Draws New Boundaries Around Black Hole Formation

For a half century, mathematicians have tried to define the exact circumstances under which a black hole is destined to exist. A new proof shows how a cube can help answer the question.

### New Calculations Show How to Escape Hawking’s Black Hole Paradox

Inside of a black hole, the two theoretical pillars of 20th-century physics appear to clash. Now a group of young physicists think they have resolved the conflict by appealing to the central pillar of the new century — the physics of quantum information.

### The Physicist Who’s Challenging the Quantum Orthodoxy

For decades, physicists have struggled to develop a quantum theory of gravity. But what if gravity — and space-time — are fundamentally classical?

### An Enormous Gravity ‘Hum’ Moves Through the Universe

Astronomers have found a background din of exceptionally long-wavelength gravitational waves pervading the cosmos.

### The Physicist Who Glues Together Universes

Renate Loll has helped pioneer a radically new approach to quantum gravity. She assumes that the fabric of space-time is a blend of all possible fabrics, and she has developed the computational tools needed to calculate the far-reaching implications of that assumption.

### Mathematicians Find an Infinity of Possible Black Hole Shapes

In three-dimensional space, the surface of a black hole must be a sphere. But a new result shows that in higher dimensions, an infinite number of configurations are possible.