General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 8, Issue 8, pp 713–715 | Cite as

Singularity and unanimity

  • John Archibald Wheeler


Examples are adduced which lead one to ask if the following “rule of unanimity” makes sense: “Given, a classical dynamical problem. Given, that all solutions of the equations of motion (a) run into a singularity [or (b) are free of singularity], except a set of measure zero. Then (“rule of unanimity”), all solutions of the corresponding quantum mechanical problem are (a) singular [or (b) free of singularity].” If valid, this “rule” would imply that quantization of Einstein's standard general relativity model for a closed universe gives no escape from the singularity of gravitational collapse.


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© Plenum 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Archibald Wheeler
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of TexasAustin

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