The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

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Little, Brown, Jul 7, 2008 - Science - 480 pages
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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.
  

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Review: The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Very informative, well written, and loaded with interesting information about physics and the universe that were new to me. The various personality traits of renowned physicists was an enjoyable ... Read full review

Review: The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

User Review  - Molly - Goodreads

The author is incredibly full of himself, but a worthwhile overview Even though I already have 6 books going, and a book club deadline bearing down, the need to read this grew out of a late night discussion with KKB when all we had was wikipedia and a National Geographic article for reference. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
The Gathering Storm
The First Shot
The Dark Star
Not Your Grandfathers Geometry
Einstein Dont Tell God What to Do
Planck Invents a Better Yardstick
In a Broadway
Who Cares?
Stalemate
Skirmish at Aspen
Counterattack
The Battle of Santa Barbara
Wait Reverse the Rewiring
Ahab in Cambridge
The World as a Hologram

Energy And Entropy
Wheelers Boys or How Much Information Can You Stuff in a Black Hole?
Black Light
Surprise Attack
How Stephen Lost His Bits and Didnt Know Where to Find Them
The Dutch Resistance
Closing the Ring
Weapon of Mass Deduction
Alices Airplane or the Last Visible Propeller
South America Wins the
Nuclear Physics? Youre Kidding
Copyright

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Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics at Stanford University. He is the author of The Cosmic Landscape , The Black Hole War, and TheTheoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics. Susskind is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of numerous prizes including the science writing prize of the American Institute of Physics for his Scientific American article on black holes.

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