RT Journal Article
SR Electronic
T1 Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes
JF Science
JO Science
FD American Association for the Advancement of Science
SP 538
OP 540
DO 10.1126/science.1221693
VO 337
IS 6094
A1 Witten, Edward
YR 2012
UL http://science.sciencemag.org/content/337/6094/538.abstract
AB The popular conception of black holes reflects the behavior of the massive black holes found by astronomers and described by classical general relativity. These objects swallow up whatever comes near and emit nothing. Physicists who have tried to understand the behavior of black holes from a quantum mechanical point of view, however, have arrived at quite a different picture. The difference is analogous to the difference between thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The thermodynamic description is a good approximation for a macroscopic system, but statistical mechanics describes what one will see if one looks more closely.