John WheelerIn science, John Wheeler (1911-2008) was an American theoretical physicist, semi-ranked as a greatest physicist ever, noted for his 1967 coining of the term “black hole”, and for his 1971 puzzlement that black holes seem to flout the second law..

Entropy | Black holes
In 1971, Wheeler told Mexican-born Jewish physicist Jacob Bekenstein that black holes seem to flout the second law of thermodynamics; about which, a year later, in 1972, Bekenstein gave his solution to this issue with the argument that black holes should have a well-defined entropy (see: black hole entropy). [1]

The following are semi-notable quotes:

“The black hole is a source of enlightenment.”
— John Wheeler (1985) (Ѻ)

“In any field find the strangest thing and then explore it.”
— John Wheeler (c.1990) [2]

“Space tells matter how to move and matter tells space how to curve.”
— John Wheeler (1998), Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam [3]

1. Baeyer, Hans Christian von. (2004). Information - the New Language of Science. Cambridge, (pgs. 205-11). Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
2. Crick, Francis. (1994). The Astonishing Hypothesis: the Scientific Search for the Soul. Simon and Schuster.
3. Wheeler, John. (1998). Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam (pg. 235) (Ѻ). W.W. Norton & Co, 2010.

External links
John Wheeler – Wikipedia.

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