Ask Ethan: How does Hawking radiation lead to black hole evaporation? | by Ethan Siegel | Starts With A Bang! | Nov, 2022

In Hawking’s most famous book, A Brief History of Time, he makes the analogy that space is filled with particle-antiparticle pairs and that one member can escape (carrying positive energy) while the other falls in (with negative energy), leading to black hole decay. This flawed analogy continues to confuse generations of physicists and laypersons alike. (Credit: Ulf Leonhardt/University of St. Andrews)

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