The Black Hole War

The Black Hole War

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

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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. THE BLACK HOLE WAR is the thrilling story of their united effort to reconcile Hawking's revolutionary theories of black holes 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.
A brilliant book about modern physics, quantum mechanics, the fate of stars and the deep mysteries of black holes, Leonard Susskind's account of the Black Hole War is mind-bending and exhilarating reading.

Baker & Taylor
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.

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Susskind (theoretical physics, Stanford U.) offers his account of the debate he and fellow physicists Hawking and Gerard 't Hooft have had over the nature of black holes, and the underlying understanding of the entire universe. He emphasizes that this is a true scientific controversy, not a squabble among scientists and, for example, intelligent design mongers or corporate global-warming deniers. One difference is that at the end, everyone wins. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Documents the author's professional battles with Stephen Hawking and Gerard 't Hooft over their theories about black holes, a conflict that has significantly influenced the modern scientific community's understanding of the universe's fundamental laws. By the author of The Cosmic Landscape.
Documents the author's professional battles with Stephen Hawking over theories about black holes, a conflict that has significantly influenced the scientific community's understanding of the universe's fundamental laws.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316016407
0316016403
Branch Call Number: 530.12 SUS
Characteristics: 470 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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StarGladiator
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 exxonsecrets.org for others on its payroll.]

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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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