August 13, 2012
Black holes are the ultimate extreme of cosmic phenomena. Fantastical, even mythological in stature, they are a vital part of all we see around us. (Illustration by Soner Ön | Op-Ed by Caleb Scharf on Bloomberg View)

Black holes are the ultimate extreme of cosmic phenomena. Fantastical, even mythological in stature, they are a vital part of all we see around us. (Illustration by Soner Ön | Op-Ed by Caleb Scharf on Bloomberg View)

August 13, 2012
Life on earth may owe its existence to black holes. (Illustration by Soner Ön | Op-Ed by Caleb Scharf on Bloomberg View)

Life on earth may owe its existence to black holes. (Illustration by Soner Ön | Op-Ed by Caleb Scharf on Bloomberg View)

August 13, 2012
Black holes once stirred a seething cosmic cauldron. (Illustration by Soner Ön | Op-Ed by Caleb Scharf on Bloomberg View)

Black holes once stirred a seething cosmic cauldron. (Illustration by Soner Ön | Op-Ed by Caleb Scharf on Bloomberg View)