I had this doubt bugging my mind for a long time about singularities in Physics. I heard that R.Penrose and S.Hawking have proposed that there could be singularities at Blackholes and at the time of the origin of universe (at the time of Bigbang). The concept of singularity is essentially a mathematical one. (unless you call anything that you cannot explain physically as a singularity).
My question is (which i want to get it resolved once for all so that i stop bugging people with it :-))....We know that the gravitational field has a singularity at points where there are point masses, so is the case with point charges and electric field. So what is it they have proved about existence of singularities. I assume that they most probably have started with a universe which doesn't have point masses. If they did'nt start with point masses, then what did they actually started with. I want to know what they have started with in mathematical terms and physical terms, once for all. I am open to read some references as well to resolve this doubt.
I am more puzzled as to why I am not getting an answer to the question I've asked which doesn't involve any analysis but a plain request for information. Did they (R.P and S.H) assume existence of point masses in their model of universe (or objects or whatever it is) or they have assumed smooth matter distributions ? This is a fairly straight forward request for information....I do not understand why I don't get the answer for the question I've asked...rather I get something else.