Artist's impression of a naked singularity
(left) vs a black hole (right)
Ultrahigh energy particle collisions are studied on the regular black holes  and backgrounds containing naked singularity
A new theory put forth by two researchers from the University of Cambridge attempts to do exactly that, by predicting the existence of a naked singularity
in four dimensions.
Such a "naked singularity
" is thought to be impossible to reach, because the known laws of physics would break down.
When this extraordinary novel appeared in Australia last April, one reviewer grouped it with "postmodernist maximalist opuses such as Infinite Jest, The Recognitions, 2666, A Naked Singularity
and Gravity's Rainbow." The Pynchon reference is probably the most relevant: The novel takes place during the same World War II period, veers from documentary realism to outlandish fantasy, and indicts industrialists as the real warmongers, putting profits over patriotism.
This past summer, I read all 690 pages of A Naked Singularity
(University of Chicago Press, 2012) in two days, the way that tens of thousands of Americans watched a whole season of Breaking Bad or Orange Is the New Black on Netflix.
Our description of photons, for instance, may be undermined because those photons may have interacted with a naked singularity
while zipping across the universe.
Within this black hole is the naked singularity
at the coordinate radius r = 0 where the black-hole mass is assumed to reside--hiding this singularity is the event-horizon sphere with the Schwarzschild radius.
"A Naked Singularity
" is a novel about boxer Wilfred Benitez.
Rather, such a failure would correspond to a much more radical absence of any nomic correlations about, say, what could emerge from a naked singularity
. It is unfortunate that Earman entertains this stronger hypothesis explicitly but too briefly only in the Afterword (p.
But a view of such a process may be forever barred from our own inquiring eyes, in spite of the intense theoretical search for an unadorned, naked singularity
, unobscured by a lightless event horizon.
Some other nonspherical gravitational collapse model also possesses a naked singularity