Gargantua: Interstellar Movie Mystery

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Not always do you hang out on other planets at the far edge of the universe but when you do, you make sure that you save humanity first. Apart from that, you always try to not fall into that black hole. Always. But let me tell you, if you are going to take a dip, you won’t find your daughter’s bookshelf or her old watch or something in there. Don’t trust me? Watch the movie called Interstellar.

Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), the astronaut on the mission to find a new home for humanity takes an Interstellar trip to new worlds. And somewhere in between he also trips onto a Black Hole. A real Black-freaking-Hole. The general expectation of the viewers at this moment was that he’ll be spaghettified or ruined in no time, but he survives and finds himself trapped in a 4-dimensional cobweb which corresponds to a collection of instances from his own life. I bet nobody saw that coming.

So, everyone was surprised to see the 4D cobweb or more popularly known as the tesseract. How was it created? Who created it? Hey, this makes no sense! But when I saw it, I was like, hmmm… I see what you did there.

Let me try to put it down using the Fuzz Ball theory to explain as to why having a tesseract at the edge of the black hole is not nonsense.

The theory insists that black holes are not gigantic matter sucking monsters but rather soft fuzz balls which simply adsorb matter falling onto them. The theory makes up for the long-standing argument of “information loss”, which happens when the matter is totally engulfed by the black hole and no information contained by the fallen matter is left behind (in accordance with the general view of the black hole).

The Fuzz Ball theory tries to resolve this issue by theorizing that when an object falls into the black hole, it is converted to a near perfect hologram of itself. This hologram retains the information, on the contrary to the general view where it is completely lost. This theory has been set up on the grounds of string theory; hence Black Holes are ultramassive concentrations of strings which make them Fuzz Balls. Perfect for your cat to play around with, just a million times too big though.

If we apply the same *science* to the tesseract, it kind of makes sense as Cooper was frozen in a holographic existence. He seemed to manipulate the flow of gravity and change the orientation of the objects he touched because they were too frozen at that time. Because he was frozen on the surface of a fuzz ball, he didn’t die and because information is preserved on the surface of the fuzz ball.

This also points the finger to the Brane Theory according to which, reality can co-exist in different dimensions at the same time. Cooper magically finds the instance from the co-existing version of reality in which Murph is all grown up and is standing in her room. This whole scene takes place on the verge of a black hole, a region in space where the gravitational pull is of such an order that the alternate (mem)brane (You see what I did there?) containing the same co-existing reality comes under the direct influence of Cooper’s movements. Then he carries out his scripted sorcery and humanity is saved. (Yayyyy!!)

Now, Cooper found the co-existing reality “magically”, which is bound to happen because Christopher Nolan is the God of the story. But that much liberty is justified on the director’s part given it is an entertainment-movie and not a hard-science documentary. The idea of viewing the whole log of events inside the tesseract with the eyes of Fuzz Ball theory, it becomes clearer that why it was happening, what was happening.

Knowledge borrowed from :

Science Daily
Quanta Magazine