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Ed Seidel on-camera: text

In a black hole there is a singularity, meaning that densities and spacetime curvature and things like that go to infinity. Now that's impossible on a computer. Whenever you have something going on to infinity, the computer can only go up to 10 to whatever number; it can't handle infinity. So, the problem is we have to figure out a way to avoid those infinities that come up in the calculations.

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