The Black Hole War

The Black Hole War

My Battle With Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

Book - 2008
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A mind-bending book about modern physics, quantum mechanics, the fate of stars and the deep mysteries of black holes. What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed it did--and in doing so put at risk everything we know about physics and the fundamental laws of the universe. Most scientists didn't recognize the import of Hawking's claims, but Leonard Susskind and Gerard t'Hooft realized the threat, and responded with a counterattack that changed the course of physics. This is the story of their united effort to reconcile Hawking's revolutionary theories with their own sense of reality--effort that would eventually result in Hawking admitting he was wrong, paying up, and Susskind and t'Hooft realizing that our world is a hologram projected from the outer boundaries of space.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316016414
Characteristics: viii, 470 p. : ill ; 25 cm


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Jun 05, 2018

It is challenging, fascinating story of how Dr. Susskind spent a lifetime trying to get the Physics Community to understand information loss (Stephen Hawking) or not (Leonard Susskind) around black holes. It left me with more questions than answers about black holes.

Jan 21, 2015

Remember, Susskind is one of the climate change skeptics [wonder how much ExxonMobil is paying this dude? Check out Josh On's for others on its payroll.]

Jul 10, 2012

Get ready for some face-melting physics, this book takes you WAY down the rabbit hole!

roaddogg09 May 05, 2011

I really enjoyed reading this book! Susskind loves physics and it shows. He is very enthusiastic when he talks about his "battle" with Stephen Hawking, along with string theory and other theoretical physics. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about black hole physics in non-technical language. Or to anyone looking for a fun and interesting book!

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