When he was young Sir Roger Penrose liked to make very precise drawings of “impossible” objects.
He corresponded with the Dutch artist MC Escher about a staircase he and his father had drawn that went both up and down, and designed a triangle with impossible geometry that is still named after him. Then, one day in 1964, after his career had begun, he realised that there was another impossible object that, unlike his previous creations, could actually exist: a black hole.
Now thanks to that insight the Oxford mathematician has been told he will get his hands on an object that is, for most of us, impossible — a Nobel prize. Yesterday morning he received a phone call, he said, while “stark naked in the
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World news – US – At 89 I’m just about old enough for a Nobel, says British physicist Roger Penrose